River Island is delighted to announce the winner of its River Island National College of Art and Design (N.C.A.D) fashion design bursary. Una King from Dublin was chosen to receive a €3,500 bursary and 3 month paid internship at River Island’s London based head office design studio.
The highly sought-after bursary provides winning graduates with an invaluable first step into the commercial fashion world, with past winners having designs sold in River Island stores and online. With a commitment to support Irish design talent, this is the sixteenth year of the River Island bursary which offers final year fashion design students in N.C.A.D the chance to win a paid three-month internship at the company’s cutting-edge design studio.
This year River Island asked the N.C.A.D students to create a capsule collection for spring summer season. The students then submitted designs which were judged by River Island’s Head of Womenswear Design, Lucy Moller. Lucy, who won the 2006 bursary, commended the high standard of entries this year. ‘’The River Island N.C.A.D bursary launched my fashion career 13 years ago, and we’re proud to be amongst the first to champion some of Ireland’s brightest new design talent. Our industry thrives on fresh ideas, and it’s fantastic to give N.C.A.D graduates the chance to come to our London design studio to develop their careers.”
Una’s winning entry is a collection of functional clothing that acknowledges Ireland’s ever-changing climate. The collection is adaptable, with garments providing protection for the wearer – city survival style. With a muted, neutral colour palate peppered with pops of orange, the collection combines robust shapes and delicate under pieces providing chic yet purposeful fashion.
The bursary which was first launched in 2004, has proved to be extremely successful for aspiring Irish designers. Many past winners have gone on to become full time members of the 100 strong in-house design team at River Island, with a continued dedicated to employing talented young fashion graduates through the N.C.A.D initiative.
“The ongoing support of River Island is central to the activities of our fashion division. Through N.C.A.D, each year the project advances skill set in the students, developing knowledge and expertise in key areas of innovative high street fashion design. The bursary and placement at the River Island design studio in London offer invaluable experience for our graduates and a superb launch pad into the fashion industry. “Angela O’Kelly, Head of Design for Body and Environment, N.C.A.D.