Young Designer Award returns to the Longines Irish Champions Weekend

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YOUNG designers are being welcomed to submit original sketches for the Longines Irish Champions Weekend in September that will showcase a portrayal of ‘Contemporary Race Day Elegance’, the winner to receive a prize valued at €10,000.

Stylist Courtney Smith returns to lead a judging panel for the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown Racecourse. Lia Cowan (right) was the inaugural winner of the showcase celebrating Irish talent

Entries of original sketches are being accepted for the Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown Racecourse on 10 September in Dublin Ireland, the aim being to celebrate the best of Irish talent. Three finalists will be selected to create and showcase their designs from their original sketches to be judged by a panel headed by stylist Courtney Smith for the second consecutive year as well as representatives from Longines and

Submitted sketches should portray a design for a male or female who will be expected to attend the Champions Weekend if selected as a finalist.

Sketches should be submitted to by Tuesday 16 August at 12pm. The piece can include but is not limited to dresses, suits, skirts, trousers and coordinating sets, and all entry guidelines are online at

The Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown Racecourse will host the second annual Young Designer Award

The prize of €10,000 includes a Longines timepiece, a profiling piece with media partner and a prize fund of €1,000.


Tags: Fashion Accessories Young Designer Award Leopardstown Racecourse Longines Irish Champions Weekend

Image credits: Leopardstown Racecourse


Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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