Creative Tipperary Students through to Junk Kouture Grand Final

Local Teenagers Through To Coveted All-Ireland Fashion Final

After yet another awe-inspiring display of regional glitz, glamour and re-purposed ‘rubbish’, Bank Of Ireland Junk Kouture provincial winners will gather together for one last time at the competition’s Grand Final in 3 Arena, on the 27th of April 2017.

Creative Tipperary Students through to Junk Kouture Grand Final Creative Tipperary Students through to Junk Kouture Grand Final Taking to one of Ireland’s most prestigious stages, four Tipperary schools will face stiff competition from over 80 other entries from across the country in this year’s Grand Final. Presentation Secondary School, St. Anne’s Secondary School, Ursuline Secondary School and De La Salle College will compete alongside each other in a bid to be crowned the 7th annual Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture winner.

Set to be one of the biggest events in the 2017 Irish fashion calendar; 3Arena will play host to the crème de la crème of the country’s most creative young minds.

Sara Ryan from Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture revealed: “This is our third final to be held in the 3Arena, and if last year is anything to go by, the audience are in for a night to remember! The crowd travels from every corner of Ireland to support their models and designers and nothing prepares you for the roar of the Grand Final audience. So contestants will definitely need to bring their A game, as well as their ear plugs!”

Overall, 83 talented teams will ‘strut it out’ and showcase their striking works of wearable, recycled art, to be crowned the king or queens of the catwalk by a celebrity judging panel including firm Irish favourites, Louis Walsh and Una Healy.

Laura Lynch, Head of Youth Banking at Bank of Ireland said: “As Ireland’s leading bank for students, we are delighted to again sponsor Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2017 . We’ve been developing the competition across the region and throughout the country since 2012, and we have worked closely with the Junk Kouture team over that time to showcase the caliber of national creative talent. We’ve seen some really spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces grace the competition’s regionals this year, and I’m really looking forward to this year’s Grand Final.”

The hotly anticipated ‘walk off’ will also be commentated by TV personalities Glenda Gilson and Rob Condon, while Irish band Seo Linn, and singer Brendan Murray will be making star studded musical appearances. Dayl Cronin from the boy band Hometown, will also be entertaining the crowd with his RTE ‘Dancing With The Stars’ partner, Ksenia Zsikhotska.

Apart from a celebrity judging panel, the public can also take part in competition voting online from midnight on the 3rd of April, to midnight on the 14th of 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 place 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 the famous Royal Film Premiere in London.

Adding to the event’s glamour even further, for the first time ever in JK history, all four 2017 regional winners will be invited to attend the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May. For contestants planning for a fashion future, there is also the chance to win creative scholarships for sole applicants to the Limerick School of Art and Design, and Griffith College Dublin.

To join our night of fashion and fun, grab your tickets to the Bank Of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final from the 20th March 2017, from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide!

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