Nature provides remedy for student 'Kouture' collection
Student fashion designers prove that you can make a silk purse from a sow's ear using entirely recycled materials.
This twiggy frock, which looks like a giant bird's nest, was fashioned out of dried-up palm and other leaves that were woven, torn and lacquered by a team of Transition Year Students from Loreto College Balbriggan, north county Dublin.
The 'Queen of the Forest' creation was among 80 designs that made the final chop out of more than a thousand couture pieces that were created by secondary students from across the country as part of the third annual Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition, in association with Repack recycling.
Among the judging panel was Louis Walsh, who judged the Best Performance segment of the glittering fashion show at the 3Arena on Friday.
The overall prize went to Luke McEvoy from Elphin Community College in Roscommon, who created the boldly coloured 'Le Paon Majestuex' or majestic peacock design. He made the stunning creation from chicken wire, old magazines, aluminium and peacock feathers.
Along with winning a cash prize of €2,500 for his school and €500 for himself, Luke also won a bursary to study fashion knitwear and textiles at the prestigious Limerick School of Art and Design.
"The level of creativity and passion on show tonight was truly phenomenal," said Laura Lynch, Head of Youth at Bank of Ireland.
"We're delighted to support a competition which makes dreams come true and empowers Ireland's young people to collaborate and innovate. Every single contestant did themselves, their families, friends and their schools extremely proud and I want to congratulate everyone that made it to the finale, in particular tonight's winners. I am sure we will hear lots more from these talented young people well into the future."