Junk helps Limerick students up the fashion stakes

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Colaiste Iosaef pupils Annie Corbett, Ceile Corbett and Shannon Mc Carthy  with Principal Sean Twomey and teacher Niamh O' Hara [Picture Michael Cowhey]
Clothes pegs and tumble dryer fluff may not be the normal materials used by fashion designers, but for three Limerick students it has opened up a whole new world for them.

Clothes pegs and tumble dryer fluff may not be the normal materials used by fashion designers, but for three Limerick students it has opened up a whole new world for them.

And when the world’s media click their cameras and roll their footage at the Cannes Film festival next month, keep an eye out for three Limerick lassies with a passion for fashion who are set to be lining up on the red carpet with stars like Leonardo di Caprio, Carey Mulligan and Heidi Klum.

Annie Corbett, Ceile Corbett, Shannon McCarthy together with their teacher Ms Niamh O’Hara from Coláiste Iósaef Kilmallock were at the weekend announced as winners of the Grand Final of Junk Kouture which was held at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

They were later whisked onto the Late Late Show on RTE television.

The Grand Final followed four regional heats in which the Junk Kouture judges made up of Supermodel Faye Dinsmore, TV presenter Darren Kennedy, the European Recycling Platform’s Yvonne Holmes and Art and Design Educator Tracy Fahey whittled 2000 student entries down to just 80 finalists.

‘Ultra Violet Wash’ was the title of their representative entry, a fusion of oriental influence fabricated with clothes pegs and tumble dryer fluff.

The girls were first announced regional winners and then awarded the overall title of winning team.

The school won a cash prize of €2,500, €1,000 of IT equipment and a cash prize of €500 for the winning girls. Niamh O’Hara was also awarded the ‘Glamour Prize’.

And it gets even better as the girls have won a three day all expenses paid trip to the Cannes Film Festival next month where they will make a number of public appearances and attend numerous photo shoots on the famous red carpet.

The girls Annie, Ceile and Shannon have an exciting summer ahead where they will be gracing the catwalks of numerous fashion weeks, notably, London Fashion Week, and joining the stars at the London Film Festival also.

“It’s a great achievement and I am delighted for the students, Annie, Ceile and Shannon. It’s also a fitting tribute to Ms O’Hara and the Art department. Junk Kouture is a fabulous competition combining fashion with environmental awareness. I firmly believe that creativity promotes self-efficacy and as a school we look to nurture this in our students.’ said Mr. Seán Twomey, principal of Coláiste Iósaef

“I’ll be honest this has been building for three years and students have started looking at potential entries from two, three years away. I thought the girls had a great opportunity this year and it’s a real team effort from students and lots of teachers contributed and our Principal really supported us we provide so many ways for our students to succeed,” said teacher Niamh O’Hara.