Fifth year art students Barbara Mitrasova and Julia Sworzeniowska from Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon have reached the Grand Final of Junk Kouture which will take place in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on May 2.
Junk Kouture is an all-island competition for second level students, 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 three years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland.
Barbara and Julia designed an outfit using plastic spoons and milk bottles. As the dress and outfit developed, old fabric swatches were added to create gloves and shoes. In January the girls entered their creation, entitled ‘Papillon d’Or’, in the competition with Leona Sheehan as their model. With thousands of entrants the girls beat the odds to make it into the Southern Regional round.
A live catwalk competition took place in Limerick’s University Concert Hall on March 14 and the girl’s outfit was one of 20 selected out of 80 regional outfits to go through to the Grand Final.
On March 17, the girls revealed their outfit to the Bandon community, when Leona braved the elements and strutted her stuff in Papillon d’Or through the streets of Bandon in the local St Patrick’s Parade.