Monday 25 June 2018

Take a sneak peek at this year’s Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture finalists

Dan Bissett from Belvedere College Dublin pictured wearing his design Holy Matri-Phoney, made using old mass leaflets, past exam papers, coffee capsules and tooth picks will perform at this year’s Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture grand final.
Dan Bissett from Belvedere College Dublin pictured wearing his design Holy Matri-Phoney, made using old mass leaflets, past exam papers, coffee capsules and tooth picks will perform at this year’s Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture grand final.

Ahead of the 2018 Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final, we spoke with Laura Lynch, Head of Customer Propositions at Bank of Ireland to discuss what to expect on the catwalk this Thursday in the 3Arena.

What is Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture?

“Bank of Ireland’s market leading youth proposition has been designed and built to support our young customers to flourish. We partner with over 500 secondary schools across Ireland each year to deliver a range of educational programmes. As well as teaching students the importance of personal finance, innovation and enterprise, we want to offer students the opportunity to flex their creative muscle.

“That’s what Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is all about. The national contest encourages would be designers to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk. "

“Now in its eighth year Ireland’s leading fashion and art competition for secondary schools has ignited the imagination of Ireland’s students and resulted in the creation of wearable works of art from vinyl records, cattle tags, orange peels, old computer hard drives and much more.”

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Lilly O’Byrne from Coláiste Ióasef Co. Limerick pictured wearing Stralusion, made using recycled straws that were ironed and fused together collected from kids' adventure centres, coffee shops students and ice cream shops. Lily will perform at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final.

How does the competition work?

“Preparation is everything, and planning for the competition begins in September. Teams of three in schools across the country are formed and begin conceptualising their designs. Bank of Ireland’s dedicated and community-based youth crew visit schools and share top tips on how to make impactful outfits that will catch the judge’s eye.”

“Then the real team effort begins, with whole communities rallying together to collect trash and junk to help these young designers make their dream a reality. After submitting their entry the students wait to find out have they made it to one of five regional semi-finals held in theatres across the country.”

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Emily Noonan from St John the Baptist Co. Limerick with Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Ambassador James Patrice wearing Intrepid. An old wardrobe, 158 drinking straws and 96 egg cartons were just some of the materials given new life through the creation of this piece. Emily will perform at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final.

What comes next?

“This year, 4,600 kids took part in the competition with 1,700 creations entered. The Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture expert judges then had the difficult task of whittling the submitted designs down to just 400. The students had to then choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of five regional semi-finals held in theatres across the country. The chosen models had 60 seconds to impress the judging panel on the catwalk and the successful entries are one of the eighty designs participating in the glamorous grand final this Thursday in the 3Arena Dublin.”

What can we expect from the Grand Final this Thursday?

“Not many get to say they had the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of 6,000 guests in the 3Arena but that’s exactly what 80 students will be doing this Thursday. The students will take to the stage to showcase their designs to a judging panel made up of fashion and beauty entrepreneur Pippa O’Connor, XFactor and Ireland’s Got Talent judge, Louis Walsh, along with fashion educators and experts Tracey Fahey from the Limerick College of Art and Design and Jane Leavey from Griffith College Dublin, previous Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture winner and fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin.”

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Chloe Crudden from Beech Hill College Co. Monaghan wears Once Upon A Time, made using old recycled jigsaw pieces, children's books, children's hula hoops, recycled interlining fabric, re-used ribbon and old jewellery pictured receiving a Wild Card Ticket with her school friends to the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final.

What happens after the curtain falls?

“Bank of Ireland has supported thousands of students over the years giving them a head start by teaching valuable skills such as teamwork, innovation and the opportunity to inspire each other throughout the competition. It has also become a launch pad for a number of successful careers in architecture, fashion design, fine arts, teaching and entertainment. Most importantly it provides lifelong friendships and memories that stay with students long after they leave school.”

How can I get involved?

“This year’s competition is closed for entries but for more information on how your school can get involved in the 2019 competition visit www.boijunkkouture.com or contact Youthbanking@boi.com

The competition is open to all students who are attending secondary school.

“Best of luck to all those competing at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final!”

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