Longford teenagers turning Junk into Kouture

Jessica Thompson


Jessica Thompson



ILOL-26-01-18 Junk Kouture

This outfit from Moyne Community School is called 'Oceana Marina' and is modelled by Niamh Gallagher. Deirbhile Currid and Lauren Gilsenan are also on the team that created this dress, which is beaut

Recycling has never looked so stylish, now that talented fashion-oriented students from schools around Longford are trying their hands at design.

Junk Kouture is back again and in Longford, there are a large number of projects entering the popular competition.

Students from Mercy Secondary Ballymahon, Moyne Community School, Cnoc Mhuire Granard and Ardscoil Phádraig have been getting creative with the materials for the outfits they'll be entering into this year's competition.

The Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.

The contest aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste.

Over the last seven years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and in 2015 extended its creative platform to Scotland.

A-list judges for this year's grand finale of the competition include Pippa O'Connor, Louis Walsh, Tracy Fahy, Stephen McLaughlin and Jane Leavy.

Student teams are preparing to submit their projects to the competition, which will then see judges whittling entries down to just four hundred.
These entries will then go forward to the Regional Finals, where finalists will be chosen to take part in the glamorous finale.

This year in Longford, students are getting extremely creative, with all kinds of weird and wonderful materials being used.

Chinese takeaway cartons, foil seals from the top of milk bottles, sea shells, netting, old calendars, GAA boots, gloves and studs.

There's even a dress made out of newspapers - featuring the Longford Leader quite prominently.

More details on this year's projects will be revealed in the Longford Leader in the coming weeks.

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