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01 Dec 2021

Transforming trash for
Junk Kouture

'Material Girl', a costume made by Lanesboro Community College students Rebecca Loftus, Saffron Quigley and Nicole Bergin has made it through to the Junk Kouture Regional Finals at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on March 12.  The costume is made almost entirely from till receipts collected from the local community in Lanesboro, so a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the cause!
Fashion-forward students have been working hard on their couture creations for the annual ‘Junk Kouture’ competition.

Fashion-forward students have been working hard on their couture creations for the annual ‘Junk Kouture’ competition.

Students from Ardscoil Phádraig, Cnoc Mhuire and Lanesboro Community College have spent months bringing their designs from concept to catwalk with the help of their peers and teachers.

Four Longford projects have made it through to the Regional Finals, which take place on March 12 at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar.

Nummy O’Brien, entering the competition for her second time, has made it through to the next round with her gown ‘Always the Breads Maid’. The school express their sincere gratitude to Pat the Baker and Michael Meaney for their support, and particularly for supplying Nummy with the cut offs and end rolls of the bread wrappers, which went on to create her dress.

Cnoc Mhuire have had incredible success this year with two outfits progressing to the regional final.

‘Rushin Doll’ was designed and made by Ciara Hand, Angela Tynan and Leeanne Tierney, using rushes, while ‘Bop Bop Baby’ was crafted from baby materials by Danielle Kane, Aishling Cunningham and Oisin O’Reilly.

Finally, a Lanesboro Community College project has also made it to the next round. ‘Material Girl’, made almost entirely from till receipts collected in Lanesboro, was made by students Rebecca Loftus, Saffron Quigley and Nicole Bergin.

Unfortunately, the Junk Kouture journey has ended for seven other local projects, but the students can be proud of their creative couture crafted using materials including sweet wrappers, electrical appliances, leaves, milk cartons and more.

All designs in the regional finals can be viewed on the ERP Ireland Facebook page under Junk Kouture.

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