Student designers called to turn junk into fashion

Model Vogue Williams with Junk Kouture finalists from 2014, Aideen Caulfield, Emma Horan and Emma Grealis from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar.

Model Vogue Williams with Junk Kouture finalists from 2014, Aideen Caulfield, Emma Horan and Emma Grealis from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar.

Junk Kouture, the annual competition to recycle junk into high fashion, is calling on budding designers in secondary schools across Mayo to sign up for this year’s awards.

There is just over one week left to enter the Bank of Ireland’s Junk Kouture, in association with Repak, with the deadline for entries falling on February 7.

Mayo’s young fashion designers have enjoyed significant success in the competition in the past.

Last year, three entries from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar, reached the grand final held in the O2 Dublin.

A stunning creation by students Aideen Caulfield, Emma Horan, and Emma Grealis, called Bottled Up Blue and fashioned entirely from plastic bottles, was also chosen to help launch the 2015 competition.

The students joined model Vogue Williams in a photoshoot in Dublin for the official launch.

The other finalist teams were made up of Colette Casey, Chloe Mc Morrow, and Clodagh-Mae Coll, who designed a dress from ivy; and Claire Walsh, Cliodhna Mc Hugh, and Sarah Burke who turned kiwi skins into style.

Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth Curran and Troy Armour from Co Donegal, the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past four years, with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks.

Last year’s grand final was attended by more than 4,000 spectators in the O2 Dublin.

For more information, visit junkkouture.com, Facebook or Twitter.

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