Local schools clean up at Junk Kouture Awards

Moo was crowned the winner of the eighth annual Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture final which took place last week, April 19, at the 3Arena.

On the evening, 86 student models performed in front of an audience of 6,500 friends and family in another sold out incredible all Ireland final.

Moo from Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone was modelled by Isabelle Clarke and designed by Mary Brody with the use of 300 milk cartons which were cut into shapes and connected together by more than 30,000 O rings.

Moo will be returning home to Athlone, Westmeath with the prestigious Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture trophy and €2,500 in cash for their school. The team will each receive €500 cash and an iPad mini.

Class will also be Cannes-celled for the five regional winning teams as they jet off with Bank of Ireland to the Cannes International Film Festival to walk the red carpet and showcase their incredible deigns to paparazzi this summer.

Other prizes awarded on the night included The Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize to ‘She’s No Egg, But She’s Some Yolk’ from Our Lady’s Bower, and ‘What Lies Beneath’ from Moate Community School, which was awarded the LSAD Scholarship Prize. The stylish winners will have the opportunity to model their outfits on the red carpet at the glamourous Royal Premier in London.

In addition, the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Award was awarded to Stand Up and Fight from Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick, and the Bank of Ireland Techno Wearables Prize was awarded to Digital Download from Presentation College, Tuam, Galway.

Laura Lynch, head of customer propositions at Bank of Ireland, said: “Every year we get to the grand final and are blown away once again with the creative talent in our schools. It’s no surprise that Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has become a launch pad for a number of successful careers in architecture, fashion design, fine arts, teaching and entertainment.”

Troy Amour, co-founder of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture, commented: “It’s even better than last year. Thanks to our tireless partners Bank of Ireland for encouraging their partner schools to take part. This year we had to add a fifth regional final (Dublin ) in order to cope with this year’s jump in applicants. The level of competition and standard of creativity keeps growing and we’re very excited to see what else is to come.”


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