Based in Northern Island, Junk Couture is a national upcycling fashion competition that challenges teenagers to create high end, avant-garde wearable pieces made from everyday junk. The annual competition launches each September to coincide with term time, where a maximum of three students will work together using materials that are deemed as ‘rubbish’ to create innovative statement outfits.
Not only is the event inspiring in a sense that it encourages students to seek out their creative side, but it also sends out a positive educational message that teaches in a practical hands on way, rather than the usual lecturing on recycling and waste issues.
Supported by the Bank of Ireland and The European Recycling Platform, eighty finalists showcased their designs down the catwalk earlier this year at the 02 Dublin. The lucky winners were Our Lady’s Bower school students Ruth Gallagher, Jane Wallace and Emma Kinsella, for their tropical meets tribal ‘Pine-a-coladas’ ensemble, (above left). The look had been produced from rope, pine cones and dried apple.
Students from Our Lady’s Bower also won the European Recycling Platform Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment prize for their native american inspired outfit by Recircuitable, made from electrical wires and spare computer parts.