Local teenagers through to coveted All-Ireland fashion final

Posted on: 3rd April, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

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 April 19, 2018.

Taking to one of Ireland’s most prestigious stages, local designers from Sacred Heart Secondary School will join grand finalists from across the country in a bid to be crowned the eighth annual Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture winner. Andrea Tobin, Kelsey O’Mahony, and Eimear Walsh designed ‘Fire and Ice’ from old milk cartons and plastic bottles with the help of their teacher Judy O’Connell. The dress represents global warming! The girls cut up hundreds of milk cartons, made thousands of wispy feathers out of those and then colored and moulded them creating the vibrant flames of yellow, orange red. The upper bodice is made of blue plastic bottles moulded into ice crystals. The masterpiece is crowned with an amazing ice crystal hat!

Set to be one of the biggest events in the 2018 Irish fashion calendar; 3Arena will play host to the crème de la crème of the country’s most creative young minds.

Sara Ryan, Chief Operations Officer, Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture: “This is our fourth 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, 86 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 Pippa O’Connor.

Apart from a celebrity judging panel, the public can also take part in competition voting online from midnight on April 2, to midnight on April 6 by visiting app.junkkouture.com. People can vote for as many designs as they like, but only one per day. The public vote accounts for 10 per cent 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, all five 2018 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 the night of fashion and fun, grab your tickets to the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final now on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide!


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