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FASHION When recycling and fashion meet

Students from Moyne College, Ballina, reached the grand final of national fashion competiton Junk Kouture last year with their creation, ‘Flushed’.
Students from Moyne College, Ballina, reached the grand final of national fashion competiton Junk Kouture last year with their creation, ‘Flushed’.

Fashion can be a bit rubbish

Ciara Moynihan

Get funky with junk. That’s the message being sent to artistic and creative secondary-school pupils across Ireland north and south. The students are being encouraged to get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products and turn them into pieces of fashion art for the 2013 Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition. But they better be quick: The closing date for entries is January 31.
Last year’s competition saw Moyne College, Ballina, students Amanda Dominikowka, Courtney Colohun and Rachel Langdon reach the grand final with their design ‘Flushed’. Their design, created from shredded paper and toilet roll tubes, impressed the judges and caused a stir at the competition.
Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth O’Donnell and Troy Armour from Buncrana, Junk Kouture has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past two years. The competition is sponsored by The European Recycling Platform, a pan-European compliance scheme for electronic waste and battery recycling.
Registration for the 2013 competition, which is free, opened on January and will close at the end of this month. All the entries will then be reviewed by the judges – supermodel Faye Dinsmore, TV oresenter Daren Kennedy, ERP’s Yvonne Holms and educator Tracy Fahey. They must whittle the entries down to just 80 creations from each region – north, south, east and west. These chosen outfits become the semi-finalists and subsequently the students must choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of four regional theatres – The Millennium Forum in Derry, The Helix in Dublin, University Concert Hall Limerick or The Royal Theatre Castlebar. At each semi-final 20 of the best creations are put through to the Grand Final in The Bord Gá s Theatre in Dublin on April 19.
During the Grand Final €20,000 worth in prizes are up for grabs including €2,500 in cash for the winning school, €1,000 of IT equipment, €500 cash and a one week course in the Grafton Academy of Design for the winning team, The Glamour Prize to attend the Cannes Film Festival 2013 and The Red Carpet Prize to attend the Royal Film Premiere in London 2013.

Tickets for the regional catwalk shows in March will go on sale in February at the venues. For more information on the Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 log on to or visit the Juink Kourture Facebook page. 

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