PUPILS from Meánscoil Gharman are in the running for a wild card entry into the final of this year's Junk Kouture world final which will be held in Abu Dhabi later this year.
The entry, ‘Rage of the Plague’, is a three-piece, hand-tailored, gender neutral suit designed by Cian Ó hIfearnáin, Ellen Ní Mhurchú and Zoe Wright.
Nine Irish finalists have already been selected by judges Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell, Soulé and Stephen McLaughlin, for the first ever World Final in Abu Dhabi later this year.
However, there is also a coveted 10th spot up for grabs through the wild card entry and that’s the one the Meánscoil Gharman students are hoping to secure.
In addition to the nine finalists the judges shortlisted five wild cards, one from each of the five regions, and it’s the public who will have their say in which of those gets through to the final.
The winner of the RTÉ Wild Card and the 10th design to represent Ireland at the World Final will be announced live on RTÉ 2FM's Tracy Clifford Show in June.
The ‘Rage of the Plague’ suit incorporates elements of Middle Age medicine and modern runway fashion.
Speaking about their suit the three Wexford students said: “The skills we used were crafting, sewing, tailoring, pattern making, painting, DIY, woodworking, and teamwork.”
They said single use waste, medical products and catwalk fashion inspired their piece and commenting on the idea behind the design they said: “Gender norms in our society, the colours and the shapes that we associate with them, were integral in our design. The materials we used were unused discarded medical scrubs, old cardboard, thread, a wood stick and paint.”
The three students used a steamer to flatten out the scrubs before making the patterns and sewing them together.
“We would love to get through the international finals in Abu Dhabi, and represent Wexford and the Irish speaking community in the southeast globally,” they said.
Junk Kouture is a television fashion competition for post-primary school students, where participants design, create and model fashion, made from recycled items.
Meánscoil Gharman is encouraging everyone in the county to get behind the three students and give their entry their public vote through and the three students are also asking for support from the general public: “If you want to support us please vote for ‘Rage of the Plague’ from Meánscoil Gharman on the RTÉ.
Voting for the wild card entry closes on June 2, and anyone wishing to vote for the Enniscorthy school's entry can do so by visiting the website www.rte.ie/lifestyle/fashion/2022/0517/1298469-vote-for-the-junk-kouture-wild-card-2022/