Limerick students turn junk into high fashion

Áine Fitzgerald

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Áine Fitzgerald

Cllr John Egan pictured with students from Colaiste Ioseaf, Kilmallock modelling their winning designs at the Junk Kouture regional finals at University Concert Hall
A GROUP of students from Limerick are hoping their eye for fashion and sense of style will see them take top honours in the Junk Kouture Grand final which takes place in Dublin’s O2 on May 2.

A GROUP of students from Limerick are hoping their eye for fashion and sense of style will see them take top honours in the Junk Kouture Grand final which takes place in Dublin’s O2 on May 2.

Three teams from Colaiste Iosaef, Kilmallock and one team from John the Baptist Community School, Hospital will take to Ireland’s most prestigious stage to showcase their couture trash creations in the the competition which is proudly supported by Bank of Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP).

The event which was due to be held in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre sold out in a record five hours at the beginning of April leaving thousands of students, parents and teachers disappointed.

The change of venue now ensures that 2,000 additional tickets will be made available through Ticketmaster. These tickets went on sale this Wednesday morning.

“We were absolutely delighted when the grand final sold out in five hours and astounded that there was still such a huge demand for tickets,” said organiser and founder Elizabeth Curran.

“This is obviously down to the increased participation this year and popularity of the event. We are truly delighted that we will now be showcasing the finest young Irish designers in Ireland’s biggest venue, all of which has been made possible by the support or our sponsor Bank of Ireland!”

All details for the Junk Kouture Grand Final apart from the location will remain the same.

Promoters are urging people to purchase tickets as soon as they become available as no more tickets will be released. All tickets that have been purchased for the previous venue will still be valid for the event.

The three teams from Colaiste Iosaef are Tick Tock Frock by Regina Roche, Elaine Meaney and Kate Murphy; 65000 Mile Dress by Michelle O’Connor, Michaela Donegan and Megan O’Rourke; and LED-Princess by Bettina Von Creytz, Cristin McNamara and Shauna Treacy.

They were all expertly guided by teacher Sarah Bolger.

The striking design from John the Baptist made from out of date balloons was designed by Eimear Doody, Niamh Larkin and Anne-marie Flynn with input from their teacher Caoimh Ryan.

Junk Kouture is a national competition for second level students in Ireland and Northern Ireland which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste for the good of the planet.

In the last three years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland. The nationwide competition is launched annually in September.