IT was no ordinary night for County Limerick student Katie Oâ€™Brien last Friday when she made an appearance on The Late Late Show.
The Bruff teenager claimed the Southern Regional Award in the ERP Junk Kouture Grand Final 2012 and was interviewed along with the other regional winners live on the show by the host Ryan Tubridy.
â€œI was so nervous. I didnâ€™t want to come across that I was nervous but my knees were shaking,â€ smiled the 17-year-old student of Colaiste Iosaef in Kilmallock.
â€œRyan was lovely - everyone there was so helpful and encouraging,â€ she added.
Fashionable waste was the trend of the day at the ERP Junk Kouture Grand Final which took place prior to The Late Late Show and saw secondary school students from all over the country compete for glory.
The designs were made from everyday waste materials ranging from orange peels and feathers to computer cabling, milk cartons and batteries.
For her creation entitled â€œSymbiotic Synergyâ€ Katie used phone chargers, electrical cable, telephone wires and copper wires to create her dress which was inspired by the flow of electricity.
â€œI wanted to keep it simple but detailed at the same time. I was looking at big designers and I had seen a Valentino collection and it was gorgeous. It was so simple but the detail in it was amazing and I wanted to stick with something like that. The more you look at it the more you are drawn into it,â€ said Katie who was presented with a trophy for her efforts. The teenager had been working on her design since October.
â€œI did it at home because I am in fifth year so I wanted to keep on top of school work. I didnâ€™t want to miss out on classes,â€ continued the teenager who hopes to pursue a career in fashion â€œmaybe retail management or fashion journalismâ€.
SeÃ¡n Twomey, principal of Colaiste Iosaef said the school was â€œvery proudâ€ of Katie. â€œShe has put in a tremendous amount of work, largely on her own initiative and it is a fitting reward for her talent and dedication. Her dress was magnificent and showed the work ethic and creativity that Katie has.â€