What is Junk Kouture?
Junk Kouture in association with the European Recycling Platform (ERP) is a national competition for second level students in Ireland and Northern Ireland which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite 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. In the last two years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland.
How does it all work?
The competition is launched annually in September to coincide with the teenagers returning to school. Information packs are sent to every secondary school in Ireland. A maximum of three students can work on each outfit and then have it submitted by the 31st January the following year to qualify. The rules stipulate that the outfit must be made from reworked trash or other used materials that are beyond their intended purpose.
The next step involves the judges whittling the entrants down to just 80 outfits per region – north, south, east and west. These chosen outfits are the semi-finalists and subsequently the students must choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of four regional theatres. They have 90 seconds to impress on the catwalk and if successful the 20 highest scoring outfits progress to the grand final.
Take a look at Cnoc Mhuire’s entries for 2013
Many thanks to Kamila Rzewuska for the pictures.