Junk Kouture is a competition challenging teenagers to create fashion from everyday rubbish that would typically be thrown in the bin.
Junk Kouture, which is open to secondary school students across Ireland and Northern Ireland, aims to inspire the young people involved to be creative while at the same time educating them about the importance of recycling waste for the good of the environment.
The competition takes place every September to coincide with the return to school after the summer holidays, and information packs are sent to every school across the country. The rules state that a maximum of three students are allowed to work on an outfit and the entries must be submitted by 31st January the following year.
Each outfit must be made from rubbish and other materials that no longer have a purpose and judges whittle the entries down to eighty per region – north, south, east and west.
The eighty outfits chosen are the semi-finalists and these students must then choreograph a performance that will showcase their outfit on the stage at one of the four regional theatres.
Students have ninety seconds on the catwalk to impress the judges and the best 20 outfits are chosen for the grand final which takes place on 2nd May at the O2 (the final was originally scheduled to take place in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre but was moved to the O2 due to the exceptional demand for tickets). The winner of the competition will walk away with over €20,000 worth of prizes.
Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier fashion competition for teenagers in Ireland and takes place on Friday 2nd May at 5pm. Tickets for the event are €20. For more information visit the O2 website.
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