Junk Kouture is a Recycled Fashion Competition 

Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. Junk Kouture 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. Over the last six years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.

How does it work?

The competition is launched annually in September with information packs being sent to all secondary schools across the country. Students are challenged to create a wearable couture design and submit the photos of their finished outfit online by the end of January 2017. A maximum of three students can work on a single design. The rules stipulate that designs must be made from reworked trash or other used materials that are beyond their intended purpose.

The next step involves the judges whittling the submitted designs down to just 80 per region – north, south, east and west. The successful designs are the semi-finalists and subsequently, the students must choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of five regional semi-finals held in theatres across the country. The chosen model has 90 seconds to impress the judging panel on the catwalk and if successful he/ she will be one of the twenty designs progressing to the glamorous grand final of the competition in the 3Arena Dublin.

Sew Fun Studios will be working with secondary schools students across County Wexford with the design and creation of their wearable couture design. If your school is planning on taking part in next year’s competition, please contact us to discuss how we can work together to create a winning entry.

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