Young Designer of the Year Awards 2023
Young Designer of the Year Awards 2023

At Project Fashion, we create after school workshops and classes for aspiring young designers all over Ireland. Each year we host our annual fashion show, the Young Designer of the Year Awards, to showcase our students amazing creations and fundraise for a charity.

This year with the support of our talented and dedicated students we raised €20,000 for BUMBLEance.

BUMBLEance is the world’s first ambulance service specifically designed and tailored for children, aged from new-borns to 18 year olds.

As the Children’s Ambulance Service of Ireland BUMBLEance provide safe and comfortable transportation for Ireland’s youngest patients as they travel between their homes and hospitals, hospices, treatment centres, and respite centres nationwide. “We know how stressful it is to transport a sick child, BUMBLEance is with families every step of the way, with the comfort and safety of the children as our number one priority.”

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Saturday, October 7th 2023, City North Hotel

Our Amazing Judges Chose 9 Winners

The Awards
The Awards

Nine lucky winners!

The Judges
The Judges

Niamh Gillespie, Eimear Hallahan, Sinead Kelly

Our Contestants
Our Contestants

On stage

Winners of The Young Designer of The Year Awards 2023

Advanced Winners
Winners - Advanced

1st: Julie Kacperska, 2nd: Erin Hopkins, 3rd: Beth Brady

Intermediate Winners
Winners - Intermediate

1st: Hannah Barry, 2nd: Winnie Keegan, 3rd: Pippa Ball

Beginner Winners
Winners - Beginners

1st: Jane Capatina, 2nd: Adrianna Michalik, 3rd: Eva Ben

2023 Was a Very Successful Year, We Raised €20,000

Our Judges & Host

Sinead Kelly, Niamh Gillespie, Glenda Gilson (host), Eimear Hallahan

We raised €20,000

For BUMBLEance Charity

Our Tutors
Our staff

Tutors and head office staff

Project Fashion

Paul & Paula

Our Performers put on a spectacular show

House of Swag
House of Swag

From their Swords Studio

Niamh Noade
Niamh Noade

Singer, harpist and songwriter

Eva Norton

Singer, songwriter from Dublin

Young Designer of the Year Awards 2023 Gallery

Awards photos 2023
Photos by Dougie Farrelly at Silver Screen Film & Photo

Young Designer of the Year Awards 2023 Gallery


Hosted by Glenda Gilson


David O Connor

Style Doc

Louis Copeland & Sons

David is the Louis Copeland group General Manager. His roles include Head of Creative and buying. David is responsible for buying seasonal collections for the stores as well as designing the Louis Copeland brand collections. He has been in menswear for over twenty three years and has a true passion for clothing that can be viewed on his successful instagram page

Eimear Hallahan

We welcome our the very stylish @misshallahan. Eimear is an online fashion and lifestyle influencer.

She is also a proud ambassador for BUMBLEance. She became an ambassador after her son James became critically unwell at 15 days old. BUMBLEance have helped out with James’s transportation throughout his treatment.

Sinead Kelly

Sinead Kelly works across all areas of fashion in Ireland.

She is a lecturer of fashion at Portobello Institute. She is also an acclaimed Fashion Stylist, and has her own vintage business  @loverssundayvintage

With over 10 years industry experience, she is passionate about encouraging the next generation of fashion to push the limits of creativity and innovation.

Sinead is thrilled to be a judge on this years panel and looks forward to seeing all of the amazing work by our emerging Young Designers!

Event Partners

City North Hotel Conferencing Centre

Proudly Sponsored by our Venue Partner:

City North Hotel and Conference Centre

CityNorth Hotel is an award winning 4-star hotel, conveniently located 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, on the M1 motorway within the historic Boyne Valley region of Ireland’s Ancient East. CityNorth Hotel is the perfect base for business or lesiure breaks, and offers spacious dining areas, complimentary parking and large bedrooms for group and family bookings.

Proudly Sponsored by our Event Partner

Louis Copeland & Sons

Louis Copeland and Sons are proud to be celebrating 90 years in business.

At Louis Copeland & Sons, their made-to-measure service entails collaborating closely with their clients to create customized garments that are tailored precisely to their unique body measurements. Whether you’re a groom seeking the perfect suit for your wedding day, or you desire a flawlessly fitting shirt for a special event, their expert team will help you create a truly unique garment from high-quality fabrics. Opting for made-to-measure clothing is a wise decision as it offers unparalleled durability and versatility, allowing you to mix and match your garments with ease to create a range of outfits.

Have a browse through their instagram page:

Proudly Sponsored by our Event Partner:

Shanley Interiors

Shanley Interiors  offer a full design service, from concept to completion. They manufacture all of their own furniture in-house. They also manufacture curtains, roman blinds and their own scatter collection. A one stop shop for all interiors, over 16.000 sq. ft. – with everything you need under one roof. Have a look at some of their transformations on their instagram page:

Event Sponsors

Performance Acts

House of Swag

House of Swag are an Irish dance school who promote positive mental health through performing arts. House of Swag have appeared on Britains got Talent, The Late Late Toy Show and have even supported Justin Bieber.

Niamh Noade

Introducing our first act Niamh Noade! A 15 year old girl from Co Armagh, Niamh is a talented singer, harpist and songwriter.

Niamh was a finalist in the Ireland Junior Eurovision in 2022 and also reached the final of The Voice Kids 2023 where she was mentored by Ronan Keating. Niamh's Voice Kids audition has gone viral with millions of views worldwide so it is an exciting time for Niamh who has a busy few months ahead. If you would like to hear more of Niamh you can follow her on social media pages on Niamh Noade @thegirlwiththeharp

Eva Norton

Eva Norton is a very talented 14 year old singer songwriter from Dublin. She is no stranger to the stage and has performed in many productions since a very young age, including the musical Evita, the Helix Panto and she was also a semi-finalist in the Junior Eurovision 2021.

Eva led a very unique and memorable performance on the 2020 Late Late Toy Show where she sang with Take That’s Gary Barlow, at just 11 years old!

More recently, Eva was on Pixie Lott team on the Voice Kids UK 2022, where her solo and battle performances blew the judges away. Pixie is a big fan of Eva and has invited her to the UK a number of times to perform.

Eva loves to write her own songs and plays guitar and piano. One of her original songs is due to be released soon on Spotify so watch this space! To hear more from Eva you can follow her on social media pages @evanortonmusic