Fashions fade, Junk is eternal!
It’s that time of the year again when artistic secondary school pupils from across Ireland get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products in the hope of being crowned the 2014 Junk Kouture champion. This year’s competition, proudly supported by Bank of Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP), has challenged students to create extravagant but wearable couture designs to compete in spectacular catwalk finals across the country including the Western regional final in the Royal Theatre Castlebar on Wednesday 12th March at 7pm.
Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth Curran and Troy Armour from Co. Donegal, the Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past three years, with some awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks. Last year the Grand Final was attended by over 2000 spectators in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre which saw Limerick team ‘Ultra Violet Wash’ walk away with the top prize of €2,500 for their school, €1000 worth of IT equipment, €500 cash and a trip to the Cannes Film Festival.
These extravagant catwalk show in the Royal theatre promises to be unforgettable experience, for the audience let alone the contestants, if last year’s competition is anything to go by – audience members dancing in the aisles, fog horns sounding for support and audience sing-alongs to classic hits to name a few of the highlights!
Bank of Ireland Youth Marketing Manager Conor Mc Glynn commented “We are always looking at ways of supporting secondary school initiatives. For the second year running, we are delighted to be supporting Junk Kouture in such a creative competition that gives us an opportunity to invest in the students amazing talent and their promising future in the fashion world. With our large customer base among the student population the partnership is an excellent fit and provides a meaningful platform for us to engage with our young customers. We would like to wish all the participants the very best of luck this year and look forward to seeing the creative and amazing entries at the regional finals.”
Martin Tobin, ERP managing director, said: “We are getting to the exciting stage of this competition again. At ERP, we have been consistently impressed by the fun, fashionable and creative way students convey the reuse/recycle/refashion message behind Junk Kouture. We would like to wish all the entrants the best of luck and we look forward to seeing their work at the finals.”
Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative.
Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 proudly supported by Bank of Ireland and the European Recycling Platform (ERP) is open to all second level students. For further information, please visit junkkouture.com, Facebook or Twitter.