Niáll Kelly is a past pupil of Carndonagh Community School, Donegal. He is currently in his first year of Textile Art, Design & Fashion in the University of Ulster, Belfast. Niáll has always had a keen interest in fashion and knew from a young age that he’d like to pursue a career in the industry. He believes that Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture was the perfect platform to show off his creativity.
Niáll competed in the 2015 competition with his two friends – Gráinne Doherty & Julie Quinn. Together they created ‘Sheer Glass’. This dress was made from over 100 green wine bottles. They were awarded the Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize, which saw Julie attend and walk the red carpet at the Royal Film Premiere of ‘James Bond: Spectre’ in Leicester Square, London.
“I’m very much looking forward to being on the judging panel at this year’s southern regional final. With regards to what I will be looking for is something of a jaw-drop effect that is executed well. I’d love to see some real innovative textiles & how the teams would apply them to creating a garment. I would advise students to have a well-choreographed routine as it really can emphasise your garments on the stage and also to enjoy it; it’s great experience & exposure for young designers.”