Sweet success for dress made from rice paper

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Kilmallock student Bettina Von Crotyz works her magic in the winning creation, LED Princess, on the catwalk at the Junk Kouture final
A DRESS made from the recycled metal bands on hurleys, Chinese rice paper, scrap metal and LED lights took one of the top awards at the prestigious Junk Kouture final in Dublin.

A DRESS made from the recycled metal bands on hurleys, Chinese rice paper, scrap metal and LED lights took one of the top awards at the prestigious Junk Kouture final in Dublin.

After winning last year’s overall competition, students from Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock were hoping to repeat the impressive feat and defend their title.

The three entries, Tick Tock Frock, 10,000 Miles and LED Princess were among 80 creations from schools from Donegal to Dublin and Belfast to Cork.

The girls took to the catwalk in a spectacular show which featured amazing dance routines, fist pumping music and awe-inspiring designs.

To their delight, the students behind LED Princess were announced as one of the four provincial winners. The winning team – in the southern region – included Christine McNamara, Shauna Treacy and Bettina Von Crotyz. “The dress was inspired by the Allianz Arena in Germany and the Sydney Opera House in Australia,” explained Shauna, a transition year student. The students were supported on the project by art teachers Niamh O’Hara and Sarah Bolger.

A large contingent of students from Colaiste Iosaef travelled to the O2 in Dublin for the national finals of Junk Kouture, a national competition for second level students which challenges them to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally end up in the bin. This is the fourth year in-a-row that Coláiste Iósaef have made the final.

School principal Seán Twomey said it was “a great achievement and I am delighted for the students, Shauna, Christine and Bettina. It’s also a fitting tribute to our art teachers, Ms O’Hara and Ms Bolger.”