Pres’ girls through to Junk Kouture final

'Aviary', the outfit designed by local students Br�nagh Kennedy and Aisling Maguire.
Kilkenny had a winning outfit in the recent southern final for Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 – a sold out show in UCH, Limerick last Thursday night.

Kilkenny had a winning outfit in the recent southern final for Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 – a sold out show in UCH, Limerick last Thursday night.

Presentation Secondary School students Brónagh Kennedy and Aisling Maguire are now through to the national grand final next month. The girls’ outfit, called Aviary, was inspired by a metaphorical bird cage and was designed and constructed from old fabrics, farm wires, plastic bags, feathers from a burst pillow, and even telephone wires.

Over 80 outfits from secondary schools across the south showcased their designs at the regional finals for Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 last week in UCH, University of Limerick.

After much deliberation by the judges, 20 finalists were hand-picked and presented with a golden ticket. Each of the Eastern finalists will go on to showcase their designs at the Junk Kouture Grand Finale in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, on April 19.

‘The standard this year was exceptionally high, which made the judges decisions extremely difficult,” said Elizabeth O’Donnell, co-founder of Junk Kouture.

“The talent [on the night] was exceptional and we are very excited about the grand finale next month.”

Once on the catwalk at the grand finale, Junk Kouture’s judges will be tasked with the decision of finding the budding designers who will walk away with over €20,000 worth of prizes.