GALLERY | Turning Junk into Kouture: A collection of incredible Junk Kouture designs by talented Longford students

Eight Longford projects qualify for Western Regional Finals at TF Royal, Castlebar on Thursday, March 7

Jessica Thompson

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Reduce, reuse, refashion is the motto of students from across County Longford who have put their love of fashion to good use for this year’s Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition.

Students from Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford town; Cnoc Mhuire Granard; Templemichael College, Longford town and Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon have been working hard for the past few months in an effort turn rubbish into beautiful creations worthy of the 3Arena catwalk.

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And the results are certainly something to look at. Recycled materials such as drinks cans, plastic bags, plastic fencing, pizza packaging and even lego have all been used for this year’s designs.

In fact, eight Longford projects have already been announced for the Western Regional Finals (All-Ireland semi-final stage) which take place in the TF Royal, Castlebar Thursday, March 7:

Two projects from Mercy Ballymahon - ‘Leave it in the past; papers’ and ‘Puzzle of life’

Cnoc Mhuire Granard have three qualifiers - ‘Don’t fence me in’, ‘CHECKmeOUT’ and ‘Tulle it Over!’

There are also two Meán Scoil Mhuire qualifiers - ‘EXCEL-eration’ and ‘In the Lime-Light’.

And Templemichael College is represented by ‘Paper Doll’.

“We were blown away by the standard and imagination of this year’s entries, the judges have had the most difficult job since the competition has begun, to decide who should go forward to the semi-finals. We also had more entries this year, which made the decision choosing process even more challenging,” explained Megan Kelly, Operations Manager.

The glamorous grand finale of this year’s competition will take place in the 3Arena on May 2.

To keep up to date on this year’s competition, follow BOI Junk Kouture on Facebook.

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