Thursday 19 October 2017

Una Healy makes the cut in dazzling thigh-slit dress as she judges 'rubbish' fashion show

Una Healy at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Final at The 3 Arena,Dublin,
Pic: Brian McEvoy
Una Healy at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Final at The 3 Arena,Dublin, Pic: Brian McEvoy
Una Healy and Louise Walsh at the Bank of ireland Junk Kouture Final at The 3Arena,Dublin. Pic: Brian McEvoy
Students in recycled outfits on the catwalk during rehearsals at the Junk Kouture Final in the 3Arena. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Una Healy at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Final at The 3 Arena,Dublin. Pic: Brian McEvoy.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

A futuristic suit of armour made from an old trampoline, a carpet maker, and a broken chandelier was named the winner of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture final.

Now in its seventh year, the all-Ireland fashion and art competition for secondary schools challenges students to create innovative outfits from recycled materials and junk.

Mariusz Malon of Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana, Co Donegal, designed and modelled his piece 'Engimatic'.

The winning school receives a cash prize of €2,500 and each member of the team will get a prize of €500 and a mini iPad.

Una Healy and Louise Walsh at the Bank of ireland Junk Kouture Final at The 3Arena,Dublin. Pic: Brian McEvoy
Una Healy and Louise Walsh at the Bank of ireland Junk Kouture Final at The 3Arena,Dublin. Pic: Brian McEvoy

'X Factor' judge Louis Walsh touched down in Dublin last night to attend the grand final.

"The talent is amazing - what these students can do with old bottles and pieces of rubbish is amazing," Walsh said.

Asked whether he would consider wearing any of the ensembles, he replied: "Well, not in public anyway."

Walsh was joined by The Saturdays star Una Healy, designer Rhys Ellis and Jane Leavey, programme director of Griffith College.

Students in recycled outfits on the catwalk during rehearsals at the Junk Kouture Final in the 3Arena. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Students in recycled outfits on the catwalk during rehearsals at the Junk Kouture Final in the 3Arena. Photo: Brian McEvoy

The two Bank of Ireland Glamour Prizes were awarded to Melondramatic' from Our Lady's Bower, Athlone, and 'No Strings Attached' from St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Una Healy at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Final at The 3 Arena,Dublin. Pic: Brian McEvoy.
Una Healy at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Final at The 3 Arena,Dublin. Pic: Brian McEvoy.

Irish Independent

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