Inventive students turn trash into fash for competition
Tessa Stokes in a milk carton dress designed by Heather O'Connor. Right: Sarah Jeffery in a dress made from bin bags, by Karen Jeffery.
PERHAPS it's the ultimate in domestic goddess haute couture -- a maxi dress made from black refuse sacks.
The boredom of household chores can be glamourised by wearing a hooded, bell-sleeved jacket, handcrafted by knitting shredded black sacks on enormous needles.
The dress, designed by Karen Jeffery, a secondary pupil at Kilkenny College, is one of 65 inventive gowns to make it to the finals of Junk Kouture, which takes place at Dublin's Burlington Hotel on Sunday.
The grand final will be hosted by Noel Cunningham from TV3's 'Ireland AM'.
Pupils throughout the country were invited to enter the Junk Kouture challenge to create fashion from junk.
Behind the fashion exercise lies a campaign to educate children about recycling.
Fashion designers Sinead Doyle and Deborah Veale, and Patricia McCrossan of Golden Egg Productions in Galway will judge the finalists.
The winning school will receive €5,000, while the teenage designer will bag €500.