THERE was great excitement at the national ‘Junk Kouture’ finals at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre recently when St Vincent’s Secondary School Dundalk emerged as one of the final four contestants in this very prestigious recycled fashion event.
Maebh O’Hanrahan and her fellow team members, Ann-Marie Brown, Claire Cooney, Rachel Begley and Katie Brady, were the victors on the night and their creation ‘Unlocked’ was showcased afterwards on the RTE’s Late Late Show.
The outfit made entirely from spare keys and electrical wire received incredibly high praise from the judging panel composed of TV presenter Darren Kennedy International Supermodel, Faye Dinsmore, Head of Design at Griffith College, Tracy Fahey, and Yvonne Holmes, Head of Corporate Communications at ERP, the electrical waste recycling group.
According to a spokesperson for the school the twenties-inspired ‘flapper-style’ dress was representative of the style and excess of the roaring twenties and the Celtic Tiger.
St Vincent’s were one of four teams who had made it through to the national finals from Louth and who represented the county on the night, including another entry from the school, ‘Straight to the Point’ modelled by Orla Murray, ‘Cantastic’, modelled by Mary-Rose McCarragher of Bush Post-Primary, and ‘Dreamcatcher’, the eye-catching creation of Rachael Bradley, Megan Morgan and Vicky Riley of the Drogheda Youthreach team.