The team from St Vincent's Secondary School showed that they had the keys to success when they emerged as one of the four regional finalists in the national 'Junk Kouture' fashion contest in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Friday night.
Students Maebh O'Hanrahan, Ann-Marie Brown, Claire Cooney, Rachel Begley and Katie Brady, were selected as the eastern region winners and their creation 'Unlocked' was showcased afterwards on the 'Late Late Show' but were pipped for the overall place by a group from Limerick.
It was a proud moment for the team and their teacher Ms. Woods, who had qualified through local and regional finals, to emerge as one of the final four at the high profile national competition which sees students create eye catching outfits from recycled materials..
The outfit, made entirely from spare keys and electrical wire, received incredibly high praise from the judging panel, composed of TV Presenter Darren Kennedy, International Supermodel, Faye Dinsmore, Head of Design at Griffith College, Tracy Fahey, and Yvonne Holmes, Head of Corporate Communications at ERP, the electrical waste recycling group.
School principal Ms Deirdre Matthews explained: 'The twenties-inspired 'flapper - style' dress was representative of the style and excess of the roaring twenties and the 'Celtic tiger'. The keys used to create the outfit represent the 'lock-down' that took place after the excesses of both eras. The keys also illustrate the key to success in the future, which will be the spirit of courage and inventiveness, also epitomised during both of these very famous eras'.
The successful St. Vincent's team were one of four entrants from Louth who had made it through to the National Finals, including another entry from the school, 'Straight to the Point' modelled by Orla Murray; 'Cantastic', modelled by Mary-Rose McCarragher of Bush Post-Primary; and 'Dreamcatcher', by Rachael Bradley, Megan Morgan and Vicky Riley of the Drogheda Youthreach team.
'It was an amazing achievement for the schools in Louth, who had started out by entering our local competition 'Trashion Fashion' in January in DKIT', according to Aisling Sheridan, Environmental Awareness Officer in Louth County Council. 'This led to thirteen teams making it through to the regional finals of the competition and a successful four representing the county at national level! We were blown away by the standard of entries from all around the country and incredibly proud of the girls who represented Louth so exceptionally.
To have a team to make it through to the final four from an entry of thousands was incredible and is testament to the hard work of the teachers and the students involved.
'Their amazing creations, made entirely from recycled material, is the result of painstaking work which starts early in the school year, and is a wonderful fusion of creativity with true environmental awareness and social conscience and the art of transforming waste into a work of art. Well done to all who participated and we hope that this amazing success will encourage even more schools to get involved next year'.