Katie’s eye for style sees her named Junk Kouture judge

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Katie O'Brien who has been chosen to judge Junk Kouture this year
A COUNTY Limerick student who has appeared on the Late Late Show thanks to her quirky Junk Kouture design has been named as a judge of the popular competition.

A COUNTY Limerick student who has appeared on the Late Late Show thanks to her quirky Junk Kouture design has been named as a judge of the popular competition.

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture in association with Repak, Ireland’s premier recycled fashion competition, returns for a fifth year bringing new faces to the judging panel who have plenty of experience in the fashion industry.

Previous Junk Kouture prize winner, Katie O’Brien will make her judging debut at the western regional final in Castlebar in March. Katie is a past pupil of Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock and is currently a second year student of English and Media in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

In 2010, Katie entered Junk Kouture as a transition year student. Her design, Symbiotic Synergy, went on to win the southern region prize which saw her appear on RTE’s Late Late Show to showcase her dress.

As well as studying, Katie is an up-and-coming Irish blogger with her blog, Insight Katie, which has grown significantly following her many appearances in national publications. Katie hopes her blog will continue to grow and expand to become the go to platform for those of all ages and style preference, in search of guidance in every aspect of fashion, beauty and life.

Katie, along with the other four judges who are yet to be revealed, will be responsible for finding and crowning the winner of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2015 competition for the fifth time. Online registration will open on January 12 and close at midnight on January 31 2015 on www.junkkouture.com.

“We are delighted to announce Katie as a judge for the western regional final this year,” said Elizabeth Curran, co-founder of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture.

“She will bring her unrivalled knowledge of fashion to the competition, which we feel guarantees an admirable judging panel for teenagers entering the competition this year,” Ms Curran added.

The Junk Kouture competition places a great emphasis on recycling and re-using junk materials in an exciting and creative way, resulting in spectacular and creative work gracing the catwalk shows.

The Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture overall winner 2015 will be crowned in an extravagant grand final in the 3Arena, Dublin on April 24 2015.