The best young Irish designers revealed their collections... in a car park

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An underground car park was the less than fashionable catwalk for the bright young things in Irish design to showcase their visions.

Childhood memories, mental health, nature, literature and art inspired students from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) as they shone a spotlight on their own creative talent.

A model on the catwalk during a media preview of the annual National College of Art and Design fashion show
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The fashion show has become a rite of passage for budding designers, with many hoping to follow in the footsteps of alumni such as milliner Philip Treacy and designers Aideen Bodkin and Orla Kiely.

The top-class designs - some from students who have already been interns in the fashion capitals of New York and London - featured collections from highly conceptual garments to ready-to-wear, high street designs.

Models on the catwalk during a media preview of the annual National College of Art and Design fashion show
(Brian Lawless/PA)

Others travelled to work with the French fashion house Lanvin and House of Holland, as well as working in costume for RTE and film production companies.

Designer Aideen Gaynor
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Aideen Gaynor, who has previously completed internships with John Rocha and Simone Rocha, revealed her work was influenced by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami as she tried to show the escape from the claustrophobic childlike world within one's mind, using dense large-scale floral pink and green Christopher Dresser printed fabric, and using techniques and stitch lines to create free-falling, voluminous shapes.

A model on the catwalk wearing a piece by Aideen Gaynor
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Zoe Redmond's collection was inspired by working-class Dublin. Born and raised in Coolock, her local football team Shelbourne FC epitomises that inspiration through a strong sense of community. It was dominated by solid primary colours and aims to convey empowerment.

A model on the catwalk during a media preview of the annual National College of Art and Design fashion show
(Brian Lawless/PA)

Nino Sanaia's collection was concerned with deconstructing and investigating the fundamental aspects of binary masculinity through contemporary womenswear.

A model on the catwalk during a media preview of the annual National College of Art and Design fashion show
(Brian Lawless/PA)

One of those to have already worked in New York, she believes uniforms are the pinnacle of masculinity and drew inspiration from the traditional dress of Georgian warriors and more modern military uniforms.

Models wait backstage ahead of a media preview of the annual National College of Art and Design fashion show
(Brian Lawless/PA)

Angela O'Kelly, head of design for body and environment at NCAD, said: "It is fantastic to see the final products of the knowledge, skills and talent that our fashion design graduates have acquired and developed during their time in NCAD on display at this year's show."