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Budding designer Tommy needs your help


A budding young designer is hoping readers of Derry Now will help him to get through to the final of a prestigious fashion competition.

Tommy McLaughlin was recently shortlisted in the Wedding Journal’s Young Designer of the Year.

The Clady man is one of ten competitors to make it through to this stage of the competition which asks young people to design a wedding dress.

He hopes to now go one step further and make it into the final five.

The Young Designer of the Year competition, which is run annually by top bridal mag Ireland’s Wedding Journal, is open to all creative individuals, young designers and fashion students across Ireland, under the age of 25.

It gives young designers, like Tommy, an opportunity to potentially showcase their work in front of thousands of people and the big names in the bridal industry.

Maghera woman Melissa Gormley won last year’s competition.

Tommy, a second year Textile, Art, Design and Fashion student at University of Ulster, said he was delighted when his mood board (above) was shortlisted in the prestigious competition.

A former student of St Mary’s College, Clady and Northern Regional College, Tommy is no stranger to the competition, having made it through to the final stages two years ago.

Although he didn’t win, Tommy (pictured below) said it didn’t put him off the competition and he has returned with ‘more ideas’.

“Two years ago I was only learning but since then I have improved so much. I’m totally independent in what I do and I have so many ideas. I also know what’s ahead of me.”

The 20 year-old, who is currently applying for placements within top London fashion houses, now needs people to vote for him to keep him in the competition.

Online voting will run to midnight on Sunday (November 20).

The five mood boards with the most votes will go through to the final of the competition, and the young designers will be invited to make their wedding dress which will be worn by a professional model and showcased on the runways of the Wedding Journal Shows in Belfast, Dublin and Cork in January. A celebrity panel of fashion judges will then chose the one winning dress and its designer will be named as the Young Designer of the Year 2017.

Tommy added: “I would ask for people to please vote for me to help me get through to the final. It would be a real dream come true.”Read more at:formal dresses online | evening dresses


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