Three compete in Kouture final

THREE Dundalk secondary school students wowed judges of a national fashion competition by creating a unique and dramatic costume.

THREE Dundalk secondary school students wowed judges of a national fashion competition by creating a unique and dramatic costume.

Ellen Connolly, Donal Mischo and Sean Clarke made a fashion piece which was selected out of a thousand entries to compete in the national Junk Kouture final on Sunday last.

Junk Kouture is a competition open to all secondary students across the island of Ireland. Participants were challenged to create wearable art and outrageous couture dresses and outfits in Junk Kouture style.

The budding young designers had to create a fashion piece made entirely out of recycled materials for the competition.

According to St Mary’s College teacher, Linda Bailey, the art 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.

After reworking rubbish and other already used materials beyond their intended purpose, the Marist students crafted them into remarkable high-end couture fashion.

“This otherworldly creature wears a crown of antlers, a tunic of human hair, a cow bone bodice and a cloak of pheasant feathers,” said Ms Bailey.

“The costume swept through the regional final and has received interest nationwide. A press photo shoot in Temple Bar ensued, and an interview with TV3’s ‘This Morning Ireland’ aired last week.”

The grand final of Junk Kouture 2011 was held in Dublin’s Burlington Hotel on Sunday, April 17. Noel Cunningham from Ireland AM hosted the event.

Some of the other entries were inspired by the tropics, carousels, female empowerment, peacocks, and Alice in Wonderland.

Online votes for each of the entrants were added to the overall total on the night of the final, and a winner was selected from each province. The overall winner was awarded a prize of e5,000 for their school. For more information visit www.junkkouture.com.