Deadline for recycled fashion competition looms closer

Deadline for recycled fashion competition looms closer

Artistic and creative secondary school pupils from across Ireland are being encouraged to get their hands on industrial, commercial and domestic waste products and turn them into pieces of high fashion art as the deadline for entries to the 2015 Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion competition in association with Repak looms closer – extended until February 7th  2015.

Lorna Ni Cheallaigh wearing Hosiery

Lorna Ni Cheallaigh wearing Hosiery

Last year’s competition saw four entries from Tipperary reach the Grand Final held in the O2 Dublin. Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel had two entries make it to the final – Hosiery, a unique design made entirely from garden hoses by Moya O’Dwyer and Lorna Ni Cheallaigh; and Artemis, made from an electric fence and feathers by Laura Ryan, Carrie Fennessy and Naomi Ryan which took inspiration from the empowerment of women – both teams were helped along the way by their teacher Mairead Fennell.

Presentation Secondary School, Thurles’ design Horticouture brought us right back to nature as it was made from Leaves, dried hydrangeas, beach seeds and sacks by Dearbhaile Buckley, Emma Murphy and Megan Gallagher along with the help of their teacher Laura Bryan.

Patrician Presentation, Fethard, also had a design make it to the final – Arctic Queen, which was a design made by Katie Whyte, Orla Walsh and Louise Fitzgerald from plastic milk bottles, old Christmas lights, belts, tomato paste tubs and cardboard, this design brought a touch of royalty to the catwalk. Junk Kouture is encouraging more students from the county to take part this year.

Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth Curran and Troy Armour from Co. Donegal, the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted

Dearbhaile Buckley wearing Horticouture

Dearbhaile Buckley wearing Horticouture

over the past four years, with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks. Last year’s grand final was attended by over 4000 spectators in the O2 Dublin and saw Westmeath students Pine-A-Colada from Our Lady’s Bower Athlone walk away with the top prize of €2,500 for their school, as well as €500 cash and a Mini iPads for the team.

The Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture catwalk shows which will determine who proceeds to the grand final will take place in theatres regionally throughout March and promise to be spectacular.

Bank of Ireland Youth Marketing Manager, Conor McGlynn, commented “We’re a dedicated supporter of secondary school initiatives and absolutely delighted to be sponsoring Junk Kouture for the third year running.  The competition has a unique way of empowering young people to hone their creative skills and meet others with similar interests. For Bank of Ireland, it’s a meaningful opportunity for us to engage with our school partners and customers and celebrate some of the most bold and innovative young people in the country.”

 

Naomi Ryan wearing Artimis

Naomi Ryan wearing Artimis

Repak Marketing and Communications Manager Laura Murphy said: “Repak’s mission is to drive behavioural change and encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle from early on in life. We’re really excited to support Junk Kouture, a programme that doesn’t just inspire outstanding creativity in young people but encourages young people to be mindful of how much they consume and throw away.

Elizabeth Curran, Co-Founder of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture reveals “It’s shaping up to be an electrifying competition this year and we are very excited to see the standard of entries. Don’t forget registration ends on 7th February and is to be completed entirely online this year through www.junkkouture.com where students must upload photos of their creation and music to accompany their performance on the catwalk”. Tickets for the catwalk finals will go on sale on the 18th of February from the theatres – The Millennium Forum, UCH Limerick, The Helix, Dublin and The Royal Theatre Castlebar.

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture in association with Repak is open to all second level students. For further information, please visit junkkouture.com, Facebook or Twitter.

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Katie Whyte wearing Artic Queen

Katie Whyte wearing Artic Queen

For further information please contact Emile Rainey:

e: emile@junkkouture.com

T: 074 9320220

 

 

Notes to Editors:

About Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture:

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture was created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth O’Donnell and Troy Armour. The competition places a great emphasis on recycling and re-using junk materials in an exciting and creative way, resulting in spectacular and creative work gracing the catwalk shows.

Each entry/ outfit must be made from reworked trash or other materials that are beyond their intended purpose. A maximum of three students can work on each outfit. The outfit must be submitted by the 7th February 2015 to qualify.

See www.junkkouture.ie for more

 

 

 

About Bank of Ireland:

Bank of Ireland Secondary Schools programme is a comprehensive financial education programme for schools that can be adapted to meet the needs of schools at all levels.

Junk Kouture is an important part of a range of fun and engaging initiatives supported by Bank of Ireland to provide a positive approach to developing students’ understanding of relevant issues to them – everything from teamwork, personal responsibility and striving for achievement.

See bankofireland.com/schoolsprogramme for more

 

About Repak:

Repak is a packaging compliance scheme which, since 1997, has helped its 2,000 member companies meet their legal obligation to fund the recovery and recycling of the packaging they have produced or supplied onto the Irish market.

Thanks to member companies and the €300,000,000 they have contributed since the inception of Repak, Ireland is now the 2nd in Europe in terms of recycling. There are 1,200,000 green bins outside Irish homes, which means Repak members do not have to take back their customers packaging waste.

See www.repak.ie for more

 

 

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