A student of St. Angela’s College in Sligo has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Wedding Journal’s Young Designer of the Year award.
Katleen Amazonas was nominated for a public vote for the Young Designer award and her’s was among the most popular designs chosen.
Launched by Ireland’s Wedding Journal magazine in May, the annual Young Designer of the Year competition invited creative individuals, young designers and fashion students across Ireland to design a wedding dress.
From over 80 entries, ten shortlisted wedding dress designs will now go on to compete for a place in the final, with finalists dresses being showcased on the catwalk at The Wedding Journal Show in Dublin, Belfast and Cork in January 2016.
Who made it to that catwalk was the decision of the public who voted for their favourite dress designs online at WeddingJournalOnline.com.
Katleen Amazonas is originally from Brazil and currently studies Arts with Fashion Design Textiles and Business Management in St. Angela’s College, Sligo. Katleen’s dress design was inspired by the crumbling ruins of the Roman Empire.
“I mixed up classic with something more organic, the idea of this design is to be a gracious and delicate bride,” Katleen said.
“I am delighted to be in the final, as the online votes went up I would start shaking and my heart was beating so fast. My dream is to be a wedding dress designer.
I think there is something really special about wedding dresses. I never forgot any of the people I made dresses for, they all have great stories. I am a romantic by nature, and custom-made dresses are more about the relationship you build than anything else.”
The finalists now have six weeks to make their wedding dresses, which will be exhibited on the bridal catwalk at The Wedding Journal Show in Dublin (January 9-10), Cork (January 16-17) and Belfast (January 29-30).
A celebrity panel of fashion judges will chose the one winning dress and its designer will be named as Wedding Journal’s Young Designer of the Year 2016 at The Wedding Journal Show, Belfast on Saturday, January 30.