Former Bower student announced as Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Judge

Former Bower student and Junk Kouture prizewinner, Katie Brill, will make her judging debut at the Southern Regional Final of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition in Limerick on March 11, 2016, as a student judge. 

Ireland’s premier recycled fashion competition returns for a sixth year bringing new faces to the judging panel who have plenty of experience in the fashion industry. Katie is currently studying Dietetics in Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh.

She competed in the 2012 Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition, where she modelled and designed her dress ‘Rejuicing is Appealing’ along with her two friends Emily Henshaw and Anna Keegan. Their design which was entirely made from orange peel skins was awarded the Western Regional Title, and they even got to showcase it on RTÉ’s Late Late Show.

Katie was lucky enough to also win the Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize, which gave her the opportunity to attend the Royal Film Premiere of The Hobbit in London. Speaking about her experience, Katie said: “My Junk Kouture experience was nothing short of amazing. It was the highlight of my transition year, and I would strongly encourage students to get involved.”

Although Katie decided against studying fashion and design at third level, it continues to play a huge part in her life. She is signed with Catwalk Modelling agency in Galway and, while working as a model, feels she can fuel her love for fashion and design as she collaborates with some of the top Irish stylists, designers, bloggers, and hair and make-up artists.

Ms Brill will be part of a strong judging panel of fashion experts, including stylist Rob Condon, art and design expert educator, Tracy Fahey, and Vogue India’s Lorna McGee, who will help determine the regional finalists who will progress to the final, in the 3Arena, Dublin, on April 14, 2016. Online registration will open on January 11 and close at midnight on January 29, 2016.

Keep a look-out for the judges’ webinars on the BOIStudents Facebook page, where the 2016 judges will be revealing some important information about what they are looking for from this year’s entries. Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is open to all second level students. For further information visit www.junkkouture.ie, Facebook and Twitter.

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