Midlands Schools Win Big At Junk Kouture Awards

A winning design entitled 'Netiquette' from Moate Community School

They took home half the prizes on the night.

Ten local secondary school pupils are celebrating this morning after being among the winners at Junk Kouture. 

Lucy Mitchell from Moate Community School took home a bursary for Limerick School of Art and Design for being selected the West region winner for her project entitled 'Jeaneology'. 

Other schools who won awards at the upcycle fashion event were  Our Lady's Bower Athlone and Mountrath Community School. 

Commenting on the high standard of designs in the Grand Final, Junk Kouture judge Michelle Visage added:

“They are all unbelievable. Each year it gets more difficult – they’re just superb and the future of fashion, it’s just amazing. But I think tonight, Iconoclastic Fantastic chose us – they knew what they wanted to do and we were all smitten. It was hard but the right person has won.”

Meanwhile, fellow judge Louis Walsh said he wouldn’t be surprised if the students who appeared on the show will be curating their own fashion collections in the future.

“Junk Kouture gets better and better each year and we are going to have some amazing designers out of this.

Full list of winners:

East region and Griffith College bursary winner: 頌歌大龍(‘Songge Da Long’) by Grace Kenneally from Dundalk Grammar School, Co. Louth, made from vintage Vietnamese silk, Ao Dai coat, ballet leotard, old bra, pillow case, duvet, chiffon curtains, chiffon ballet skirt, black collared shirt, boning ribbons from horse riding rosettes, old work trousers, rope, silica beads and palm leaves.

North region winner: 'Espoir' by Aoife Duffin and Naoise Gilpin from St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, made from recycled strings, packaging foam, table placemats, table covering, cardboard, metal of a hair band and a form of protective plastic packaging.

South region winner: ‘Ephemeral Bloom’ by Brenda Lim, Brianna Sheehan and Molly Jackson from Coláiste Nano Nagle, Co. Limerick, made from bedsheets, construction mesh, paper coasters, wire, Pearl necklaces, lace, a corset from a wedding dress, cardboard, copper, yoga mats, copper wires, flip-flops, socks, styrofoam and newspaper.

West region and LSAD Bursary winner: ‘Jeaneology’ by Lucy Mitchell from Moate Community School, Co. Westmeath, made from old denim jeans, curtain cord, beads, old pearl earrings, metal zips and buttons.

Best Performance Award: 'It's All About the Package' made by Londiwe Ndlovu and Ligia Afedoaei from Our Lady's Bower Secondary School, Co. Westmeath. Design is made from packaging materials from daily usage to high fashion recyclable packaging - bubble wrap, plastic sheets, polystyrene, PLT packaging, DKNY sponge, Boohoo packaging and pearls.

Creative for a Cause Award: 'Save This Image' made by Aoibhínn Ginty, Shannon Moran and Leah Hanlon from Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School, Co. Longford. Design is made from waste copper wires and cables.

Glamour Award 1: ‘Got Milk?’ made by Dara Kelly, Leah Cassidy and Rachel Furlong from Presentation Secondary School, Co. Wexford. Design is made from milk cartons, plastic bottles, cardboard cartons and metal coat hangers.

Glamour Award 2: ‘Netiquette’ made by Joyce Conway, Cora Farrell and Áine Maxwell from Moate Community School, Co. Westmeath. Design is made from clear plastic sheeting, wool, used plastic netting recycled from a garden center and plastic bags.

Finishing Touches: 'V.I.Pea' made by Shauna Jameson and Sarah Skelly from Our Lady's Bower Secondary School, Co. Westmeath. Design is made from wasted pea pods and red onion bags.

Enterprise Award: ‘Alarming Twists’ made by Ellen Rowny, Fial Dalton, Chloe Cross, from Mountrath Community School, Co Laois. Design is made from old alarm cables and wires, plastic bottles and plastic bags.

Most Unusual Material Award: 'Inside Out' made by Rhianna Heffron and Katie McCaw from St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Design is made 100% from old and ripped tights, stockings, pop socks and an old, recycled zip.

Teacher of the Year: Sarah Nestor, Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick

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