Students model creations that are far from rubbish
THE Fairways Hotel came to life last Thursday night when second level students from throughout the county descended on venue for a fashion show with a difference organised by Louth Tidy Towns Together supported by Louth County Council.
The difference was immediately evident in that these young fashionistas competing in Trashion Fashion 2014 had produced a couture collection made totally from recycled material. Forget about the X Factor – these outfits provided the WEEE Factor in that they were all required to incorporate elements of waste electrical and electronic equipment and the creativity shown in meeting this challenge was awe inspiring.
A total of 49 models showcased their outfits with a confidence and stage presence that was inspiring and thrilled the packed attendance which included the chairman of Louth County Council Declan Breathnach.
The judging panel of Deirdre Sweeney, Maire Mulligan, Ann Cleary and William Martin had the impossible task of whittling the 49 entries down to just eight prize-winners.
Harvest Queen modelled by Clare Keenan from St Vincent's School was the first winner announced and this elaborate creation featured a wonderful skirt constructed from wire and pampas grass while Make up Madness modelled by Maria MacArtain from Bush Post Primary School was a striking creation made up of a myriad of different make up products including lip glosses, lipsticks, mascaras and nail polishes with electrical wire threaded through each individual piece to hold the garment together.
Hannah O'Hare was invited on stage to accept the prize for Plastic Prima Donna which created a striking impression from the effective use of the base of plastic bottles woven together with wire and not to be outdone Bush Post Primary were back on stage with the fabulous Electrifying modelled by Nicola Bolton which was made entirely from electrical plugs and wires.
Chiara Mischo and her team from St Vincent's turned hundreds of corks into an elegant creation by using them to create an amazing fishbone pattern with electrical wires used to give shape to the piece .
'Christmas Apocalypse' modelled by Estera Patriubavicuite from the Marist School in Dundalk was made from broken toys.
Students from Drogheda Youthreach had a very successful night with two winners including the experienced Rachel Bradley who made it through to the National Junk Kouture finals last year and looks set to repeat the success this year with the wonderful 'Diamonds in Vinyl' outfit.
Doing it for the boys was model James Clarke, whose 'Braveheart' outfit was created using discarded garden furniture.