JUNK KOUTURE is a the premier fashion competition for second level students in Ireland. It challenges teenagers to create a high-end wearable outfit from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. It inspires and ignites passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste for the good of the planet. We recently attended the Western regional final at The Royal Theatre Castlebar. I was so excited about the event and it did not disappoint. It exceeded my expectations. The talent was absolutely incredible. So inspiring. We picked up lots of ideas.The details were beyond impressive. I couldn’t get over the imagination and inventiveness of these semi-finalists. They also had to choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk. Sligo Grammar School gave a fierce, memorable performance to Lady Gaga’s ‘Marry The Night’. Another memorable performance was ‘What Does The Fox Say?’ That was a definite crowd pleaser. Out of the eighty performers, twenty progress to the grand final.Materials that stood out included: reworked plastic, origami, peacock feathers, used teabags, crocheted plastic bags, pencil shavings, shells, cork, fringing made from tyres, PAT the BAKER wrappers, BMX handle bars… among so many others.Judges Darren Kennedy, Tracy Fahey, Yvonne Holmes and Rosanna Davison had a very tough task. Read about the judges here. Take a look at some of the stunning and extravagant creations they selected (See album below), including first-time entry from The Ursuline College, Sligo.
We had a fantastic evening, filled with creativity and endless inspiration. That weekend, I went home and made my own dress! I’m sure it was an unforgettable experience for all the contestants and designers. I wish this competition existed when I was at school!
Best wishes to all the finalists on May 2nd at The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. If you get the chance to attend any of these shows in the future, be it a regional or grand final, avail of the opportunity! I would highly recommend this stunning spectacle. It’s a feast for the eyes and inspiration overload.