Loreto Clonmel students reach Junk Kouture regional finals

Samantha O'Dwyer, Cantastic is one of four Loreto Clonmel girls whose costumes have reached the regional finals of Junk Kouture.
Four costumes created by Transition Year art students at Loreto Clonmel have reached the regional finals of the very exciting Junk Kouture competition.

Four costumes created by Transition Year art students at Loreto Clonmel have reached the regional finals of the very exciting Junk Kouture competition.

The competition challenged the students to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk and allow themselves to be inspired by their own imagination. It also subtly educates about the importance of recycling and reusing waste for the good of the planet.

Their creations will be presented at the regional finals in Limerick on Friday, March 14 and the Loreto students need your votes to help the costumes to progress further. The vote will be worth 10% of the overall result. The idea is give the students’ creations exposure to the general public and carry the message of “Re-Use, Re-Cycle, Re-Fashion”, which is what Junk Kouture is all about. 

The online vote is taking place this week until midnight on Friday, February 28 on the ERP Ireland’s Facebook Page (facebook.com/ERPIreland). Everyone can vote once per day and people are requested to please vote for one of the Loreto costumes.

Splish Splash, modelled by Shannon Fitzpatrick and created by Shannon Fitzpatrick, Michella O’Brien and Casey Tsai is made of used plastic bottles, bubble wrap, electrical wire and plastic bags.

Bottle Top, modelled by Katelyn Reddin and created by Ali Askins, Katelyn Reddin and Eva McNamara, is made from bottle tops and old magazines. Cantastic, modelled by Samantha O’Dwyer and created by Samantha O’Dwyer, Kim McEvoy and Lauren Guiry, is made almost entirely from aluminium cans, bottle tops, ring pulls and electrical wire. Hall of Fame, created by Aoife Breen and Lydia Gibbons, uses old video cassette tapes.