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Michael Holden dressed in his Junk Kouture entry ‘Arthur’s Legend’ on the shores of Dingle Harbour

Michael Holden dressed in his Junk Kouture entry ‘Arthur’s Legend’ on the shores of Dingle Harbour

Michael Holden dressed in his Junk Kouture entry ‘Arthur’s Legend’ on the shores of Dingle Harbour

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A costume inspired by legend will carry the hopes of Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne when Michael Holden competes next week in the national finals of the Junk Kouture competition, in which second level students give free reign to their imagination in creating fashion out of rubbish.

Michael delved into his interest in mythology to find a theme for his Junk Kouture entry, his father's leather workshop provided most of the materials and teacher Brenda Ní Fhrighil guided the project to completion. Last March Michael's outfit won the regional final of the Junk Kouture competition and next week he will compete against the best designs from across Ireland in the national finals, which are being held nine months later than originally scheduled because of coronavirus restrictions.

Michael took a slice of Arthurian legend and added a touch of Star Wars, Monty Python and global disaster when he came up with the design for his costume entitled 'Arthur's Legend'.

"There is a story about how King Arthur would return when needed most by the world, so I pictured this future scenario where King Arthur returns in the year 3000 to a world where humanity has basically decimated the planet - chemical disasters, nuclear warfare, environmental disasters, everything - and he sits in this apocalyptic dystopia," Michael explained.

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"His armour has to reflect that of course. It's made of scraps of leather from my Dad's workshop and bits of old computer parts to add a futuristic element, based very heavily on medieval suits of armour and taken as well from sources such as Star Wars and Monty Python's Holy Grail," he added.

Now in its tenth year, Junk Kouture which is Ireland's leading fashion and art competition for secondary schools, challenges students to create unique and innovative outfits from recycled materials and junk. The final will be broadcast on RTÉ 2 on Thursday, February 4 at 7pm when Michael will hope to emulate the success of his fellow Pobalscoil student Maxim Ó Suilleabháin, who won the national Junk Kouture title in 2019 with a futuristic costume inspired by his family's Phoenix Cinema in Dingle.


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