Spotlight on local designer

Jane McStay from Lurgan pictured with model Lauryn Greer, who is wearing a piece from Jane's collection 'Diamants'.
Jane McStay from Lurgan pictured with model Lauryn Greer, who is wearing a piece from Jane's collection 'Diamants'.

Lurgan student, Jane McStay, will be among some of Northern Ireland’s future fashion designers showcasing their design talent at an exciting catwalk show later this month.

The event takes place in the edgy location of T13, Belfast’s Urban Sports Academy, and one of Ireland’s most dynamic venues situated in the Titanic Quarter.

The Ulster Graduate Fashion Show, organised by University of Ulster students who are set to graduate this summer, will showcase a variety of collections, including knit, print, embroidery, pattern construction.

Jane will be presenting her collection, ‘Diamants’, as she and other emerging young designers prepare to launch their careers in fashion.

Lorien Dullaghan, who is among the students organising the event, said it will be a great opportunity to celebrate the students’ impending graduation, as well as inspire others to get involved in design: “The fashion show is a great way to end the course with a bang. We also hope that by displaying our skills and showing others what we have learnt through studying at Belfast School of Art at the University of Ulster we will encourage other young people to get involved in this industry.”

With the valued support from Dunnes Stores and Invest Northern Ireland, as well as many more sponsors, the evening will start at 8pm with light refreshments from Red Bull and Luci by Lambrini, along with a backdrop of amazing Freestyle BMX action from the RampRage Extreme Sports Crew, setting a distinctive tone for the night.

Following this, designers and models will take to the stage with each designer displaying their own theme for their collections in a way that expresses their unique and individual style. The models will be perfectly styled by make-up maestro Paddy McGurgan and their hair gorgeously groomed by Andrew Mulvenna.

For all keen fashion designers, a dress rehearsal will be held at 3pm and secondary students from across the province are invited to view the collections and meet the designers afterwards. This has a special discounted price of £2 and is payable upon entrance.

The fashion show takes place on Thursday, May 29, at 8pm.

Tickets are £12 and are available from For further info, visit @uufashiongrads and hashtag #lovinbelfastfashion.