Junk Couture Recycled Fashion Competition Deadline Approaching

Time Running Out for “Rubbish” Students

Artistic and creative secondary school pupils across Ireland are being encouraged to get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products and turn them into pieces of fashion art as the deadline for entries to the 2013 Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion competition in association with the European Recycling Platform (ERP) looms closer – Jan 31st.

Last year’s competition saw 3 creations from Presentation Secondary School in Clonmel reach the grand final – Sarah Kearney, Roisin Clearey and Kate Delahunty with their design Forgotten Music, created using old vinyl records and cassette tapes  and inspired by the concept of forgotten music; The Eternal Beauty of a Silent world designed by Jennifer Murphy, Dora Gnilenco and Aisling Ni Cheallagh, a creation made of a tree’s bark among other items; and Bold as Brass a creation by the 2011 Junk Kouture overall champions – Grainne Wilson, Emma Clancy and Sinead O’Brien. Their 2012 creation was an innovative gold number made from spent bullet cases. All the outfits wowed the judges and were held in high esteem.  Junk Kouture is encouraging more pupils from their school and the rest of Tipperary to take part this year.

Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth O’Donnell and Troy Armour from Buncrana, the Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past two years, with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks.  Sponsored by ERP, the only pan-European compliance scheme for electronic waste and battery recycling, Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative.

Elizabeth O’Donnell, founder of Junk Kouture said: “We’re always intrigued to know just what the students will come up with at the competition’s regional heats, but we’ve been really blown away at the standard and levels of creativity as well as the cool things which these kids have done with other people’s junk. I imagine 2013 will be no different so we’re really looking forward to working with schools right across Ireland to bring junk back to a very fashionable life! 

“It’s really easy to enter,” she added. “And importantly in the current climate, it’s also now free too.”

Registration for the 2013 competition opens on the 20th Jan and will close on the 31st Jan. During the Grand Final €20,000 worth in prizes are up for grabs including €2,500 in cash for the winning school, €1,000 of IT equipment, €500 cash and a one week course in the Grafton Academy of Design for the winning team, The Glamour Prize to attend the Cannes Film Festival 2013 and The Red Carpet Prize to attend the Royal Film Premiere in London 2013.

Elizabeth concluded “It’s shaping up to be an electrifying competition this year and we are very excited to see the standard of entries this year. Don’t forget registration begins on the 20th Jan and is to be completed entirely online this year through www.junkkouture.com where students must upload pictures of their creation and music to accompany their performance on the catwalk”. Tickets for the spectacular catwalk shows happening regionally throughout March will go on sale in February from the theatres.

Yvonne Holmes, ERP said: “Junk Kouture in association with ERP showcases the very best in young design and we are delighted to be supporting the competition in its third year. Sustainability and recycling are at the core of ERP’s business and this message has been communicated in a really creative and eye-catching manner over the last two years. We would like to wish all the entrants the very best of luck and remind them not to forget the mandatory element of electrical waste in their design.”

Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2013 in association with ERP is open to all second level students. For further information, please log on to junkkouture.com or visit the Facebook page at:  Facebook.com/junkkouture.

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