Nothing wasted: twine, bags and cardboard feature in eye-opening outfits at Junk Kouture final
Empty shotgun cartridges, reused Ikea bags, twine sourced from farms and old emery boards were all utilised to make up remarkable designs at a fashion show last night.
Eight teenage competitors took to the stage in the grand final of the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture event at the 3Arena.
The final outfits were judged by radio presenter Doireann Garrihy, former 'X Factor' judge Louis Walsh, together with fashion educators Dr Tracey Fahey of LIT and Jane Leavey from Griffith College, plus former winner LSAD graduate Stephen McLaughlin.
But it was the team at Pobalscoil Chorca in Dingle whose creation Cinematic caught the judges eyes and was crowned winner. The creation was modelled and designed by Maxim O'Sullivan from VHS tapes, DVDs and old keyboards from his parent's cinema, Phoenix Cinema. The winning school receives a cash prize of €2,500 and each team received €500 and a mini iPad.
The other competitors included St Peter's College, Wexford who used IKEA bags made from polypropylene throughout their design. Students at Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise named their creation - made with hand-knitted twines sourced from farms. An outfit inspired by extra-terrestrial life was created using old metal buttons and CDs by students at Margaret Aylward Community College, Whitehall.
The group at Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan created 'Valhalla', designed with empty shotgun cartridges sourced from local shooting ranges. St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan's design featured false nails, emery boards and old Christmas decorations.