AFTER months of artistic inspiration and not a little perspiration, three secondary schools from Co Carlow have qualified for this year’s final of Junk Kouture.
Tullow Community School has two amazing entries called Viva Espana and Urban dynamic. The latter was designed by Lauren Byrne and will be modelled by Ross Hanley, while Viva España’s designers are Maria Huici, Ana Razquin and Irati Martinez. Ashley Shannon is their model.
Laoch Alainn is the title of the outfit from St Leo’s College, which was created by Ava Thompson, Megan Brennan and Mary Kate Burke.
Amy Mulrooney will take to the catwalk to showcase her design for Borris Vocational School’s Dark Serenity,, which she created with Grainne Hanafin, under the guidance of teacher Sorcha Corkery.
The three schools go head to head against 80 other qualifiers in a fashion show with a difference. Junk Kouture involves students creating striking works of wearable art made from entirely recycled materials.
After qualifying in the highly-competitive regional finals, they’ll now have to strut their stuff in front of a celebrity judging panel, which will include pop svengali Louis Walsh and the poptastic singer Una Healy in the grand final that’s taking place in the 3Arena on Thursday 27 April.
The public can also take part in the competition by voting online from midnight on Monday 3 April to midnight on Friday 14 April by visiting www.facebook.com/BOIstudents. People can vote for as many designs as they like, but only one per day. The public vote accounts for 10% of the finalist’s score and can make a huge difference to the overall winner.
In addition to the coveted first prize, teams will also be competing for €2,500 for their school, iPad Minis and €500 cash for their team. Two Bank of Ireland glamour prize-winners will also be given the opportunity to attend a film premiere in London.
To join the night of fashion and fun, you can book tickets to the Junk Kouture grand final from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.