Outfits from: KCVS (top left), Castlecomer Community School (top right), and two from Presentation Kilkenny (bottom).
Students from a number of Kilkenny schools have made it to the regional finals of the ever-popular ‘Junk Kouture’ competition.
The challenge of the competition is to design a dress out of everyday junk you might find in a bin. It aims to inspire young people to be creative and to work towords a goal.
Students are encouraged to think for themselves and brainstorm ideas. They learn to work in groups as part of a team, and share their ideas.
Presentation Secondary School have brought forward two projects — ‘Tie the Knot’ and ‘Wave of Hope’.
‘Wave of Hope’ was designed by students Emma Molyenaux and Lena Parcell. The dress was inspired by refugees and is made out of wet suits.
‘Tie the Knot’, which is about marriage, was made by Megan Hough and Rose Cotter. The model is Aine O’ Donnell .
Meanwhile, the intriguing River Nore and scenic Kilkenny City played backdrop to Kilkenny City Vocational School’s 2018 Junk Kouture Recycling Competition entry, ‘Plastisea’.
The school is still flying high from the All Ireland success of 2017.
The students’ project highlights the danger our planet’s waters are currently facing. If the current situation continues, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea.
To create awareness of this issue, the dress is made of plastic materials you would find in your everyday bathroom, all of which are often carelessly thrown away.These include plastic PVC shower curtains, shower mats, shower puffs, plastic name badges and some other household plastic.
Further north, in Castlecomer Community School Transition Year students Méadbh Walsh, Molly Coogan and Emma Brannigan produced their design ‘Aella Crystallis’, which translates to ‘Whirlwind of Crystals’. It’s made from plastic water bottles, milk bottles and plastic sweet boxes, and the dress is modelled by Emma Brannigan.
The students say that Aella Crystallis represents the strength and power of women and enforces the message that women are a force to be reckoned with.
The online vote makes up 10% of the regional final score. To vote, go to the ‘vote now’ section of www.junkkouture.com. The Kilkenny dresses are in the ‘South’ region.
Regional finals take place in Limerick on March 9.