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Young Designer Of The Year Returns For 2018

Do you have what it takes to be 2018’s Young Designer of the Year?


Wedding Journal is searching for the next up-and-coming young designer and we want to hear from you!

Wedding Journal is delighted to announce the return of our popular Wedding Journal Young Designer of the Year competition to design a wedding dress. The annual Young Designer of the Year Competition, now its sixth year, is open to all creative individuals, young designers and fashion students across Ireland, under the age of 25*.

This is an exciting opportunity to showcase your designs in front of thousands of people, leading bridal designers, and brides-to-be who are searching for their dream dress. The fashion industry has a reputation for being a difficult one to break into – being a finalist or winning Ireland’s Wedding Journal Young Designer of the Year competition could be your big break and the ‘way in’ to your dream career.

All shortlisted finalists’ dresses will be displayed on WeddingJournalonline.com, across our social media platforms, and on the catwalk runway at The Wedding Journal Shows in Dublin and Belfast.

Young Designer of the Year winner
2017’s winning design

The winning Young Designer of the Year will receive:

  • An exclusive interview feature in Ireland’s Wedding Journal magazine
  • A certificate
  • Publicity in press
Young Design of the Year mood boards
Mood boards from previous entries.

How to enter:

Submit your ideas in the form of an A3 mood board by 4pm on Friday 27th October. On the back clearly state your address, university or college name (if applicable), phone number, email address and date of birth.

Entries should be delivered to: Beth Mason, Ireland’s Wedding Journal, Penton Publications, 38 Heron Road, Belfast, BT3 9LE.

10 Young Designer of the Year semi-finalists will be announced on Friday 3rd November. The semi-finalists’ mood boards will be entered into an online voting competition where the public will pick their favourite design.

The five designers with the most votes will be asked to create their dresses as depicted on mood board designs. Wedding Journal magazine will pay £100/€125 towards the cost of materials. All dresses must be completed by 4pm Friday 8th January and delivered to the Wedding Journal Belfast office (see the address above).

Good luck!

For further information, please email Beth:  beth@pentonpublications.co.uk

*applicants must be 25 or under on 28th October 2017.