Limerick students find new use for clothes pegs

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Annie Corbett of Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock modelling the outfit which has made it to the Junk Kouture final
HUNDREDS of old clothes pegs, lint from clothes dryers and a tin of UVA paint, form the basis of a show-stopping creation designed by a group of Kilmallock students which has been selected for the finals of the Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013.

HUNDREDS of old clothes pegs, lint from clothes dryers and a tin of UVA paint, form the basis of a show-stopping creation designed by a group of Kilmallock students which has been selected for the finals of the Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013.

Over 80 outfits designed by secondary school students across the south were showcased at the regional finals of the Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 in UCH, University of Limerick.

After much deliberation by the judges, 20 finalists were hand-picked and presented with a golden ticket by Yvonne Holmes, ERP, and David McDonnell, area manager for the South West for Bank of Ireland. Each of the finalists will go on to showcase their designs at the Junk Kouture Grand Finale in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, on April 19.

UltraVioletWash was the creation submitted by students of Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock - Shannon McCarthy, Ceile Corbett and Annie Corbett.

The outfit was made from lint from clothes dryers, old clothes pegs, springs from clothes pegs, electrical wire, old vintage beading, clothes hanger tops, old electrical cable wire, and UVA paint. The dress is visible in darkness as the clothes pegs are coated in UVA paint with lint base.

Elizabeth O’Donnell, co-founder of Junk Kouture has said the standard this year was “exceptionally high” which made the judges decisions “extremely difficult”.

“The talent was exceptional and we are very excited about the grand finale,” she added.

Students from Presentation Secondary School on Sexton Street are also through to the final with their creation entitled Neantoga.

The Junk Kouture’s expert judges including environmental awareness judge, Yvonne Holmes; international model, Faye Dinsmore; stylist and TV Presenter, Darren Kennedy; and art and design expert, Tracey Fahey - will be tasked with the decision of finding the budding designers who will walk away with over €20,000 worth of prizes on April 19.

Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth O’Donnell and Troy Armour, the competition places a great emphasis on recycling and re-using junk materials in an exciting and creative way.

For further information, log on to www.junkkouture.com or visit the Facebook page at Facebook.com/junkkouture