Three budding young designers from St Mary’s College, Dundalk have won the regional title at a national fashion competition.
Ellen Connolly, aged 17, from Blackrock; Dónal Mischo, aged 16, from the Carrick Road; and Seán Clarke, aged 16, from Bay Estate came fourth place in the grand final of Junk Kouture 2011.
The 5th year art students made it to the final 12 out of 65 and then progressed to the final four in the whole competition, winning the regional title on Sunday, April 17.
The aim of the competition was to challenge students to create a high fashion piece entirely of recycled materials.
The Marist students took an alternative view to the concept of waste and set about collecting materials from local butchers, hairdressers, gun clubs and a deer farm.
Modelled by Ellen, the fashion piece is an otherworldly creature which wears a crown of antlers, a tunic of human hair, a cow bone bodice and a cloak of pheasant feathers.
“The students called the fashion piece ‘New Species of Fashion’. It has attracted a lot of interest from the media,” said St Mary’s College Art teacher, Linda Bailey.
“The outfit was featured in The Metro newspaper, by national newspapers, and the students were even interviewed by TV3.”
Ms Bailey added: “The final was very exciting. We won the regional title, but unfortunately not overall. It was great to come home with a trophy.”
The make-up artist who helped to turn Ellen into the “otherworldly creature” was Clodagh Arthur of ‘Exhale’ beauticians.
After much deliberation on the part of the three judges, Deborah Veale, Deirdre Harte, and Monica Kelnan – ‘Urban Armour’ from Clonmel was declared the Junk Kouture 2011 Winner.
The winning entry was made from old aluminium cans moulded and bent into an incredible bodice, the skirt and detail was created using the pull tops from old cans.
The winning designers Grainne Wilson and Emma Clancy said their inspiration came from the idea of a Warrior Princess-a strong yet elegant woman.
Emma and Grainne’s school received a cheque for e5,000, and the winning designers got to take home the JK trophy together with a cheque for e500.
Elizabeth O’Donnell, the event coordinator said: “I would also like to pay thanks to all the students and teachers, for all the effort they put in-at the end of the day, they are the stars of the show-and all the entries were incredible in their own way.”