Students from St. Anne’s Secondary School Tipperary town have used all their creativity and innovation to create remarkle dresses for the national Junk Kouture fashion compeition that is open to second level students around the country.
“This competition 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,” explained Principal Colette Treacy. “It challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.
St. Anne’s secondary school submitted nine entries with each of the extravagantly designed dresses the result of hours of brainstorming, creativity and hard work by the design teams. Two of the nine entries made it through to the Regional finals which will be held in the University Concert Hall, Limerick on Friday, March 13th. Aoife O’Dwyer with her creation, ‘Marry Me’ and ‘Button me up’ which is designed by first year student Katie Kinane. ‘Marry me’ was inspired by Aoife’s desire to design wedding dresses. Her dress combines paper, pieces of broken mirror, pillow feathers, tin foil, wire and bed linen. Button me up’ was inspired by Katie’s addiction for buttons and her passion for colour. She used buttons, bubble wrap and bed linen in her design. Aoife and Katie will have ninety seconds on the catwalk to impress the judging panel with their glamorous creations.
The nine entries from St. Anne’s were: ‘Girl Gone Platinum’ designed by Aoife Ryan, Carole Ryan and Meabh Rafferty, ‘Hard As Nails’ designed by Ciara Smith and Kate O Meara. Krista Ozolina, Alexandra Lyson and Kia Peek entered their creation ‘Queen of Arts’ and ‘Papertowns’ was the brainchild of first year students Amy Lowry, Faye Walsh and Kate Fogarty. ‘Sweet Infusion’ was designed by Ciara Bourke and Elena O Connor, ’Metallic’ by Jane Greene and Ellie O Donoghue and ‘Shake’ by Kelly Usher and Tamara Purcell.
The students very much appreciate the support, guidance and encouragement given to them by their Art teachers Ms. Mairead Hayes and Ms. Helen Ryan. The students would also like to thank William O Brien, Photographer and all the people in the local community who have shown them such great support. Out of the eighty designs that qualified for the regional final twenty will be chosen to represent the South in the National Finals which will take place in the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin in May. We wish Aoife and Katie the best of luck.