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 seven years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and in 2015 extended it’s creative platform to Scotland.
(For Irish website, visit www.boijunkkouture.com).
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 midnight on January 12th, 2018. 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 judging panel whittling the submitted entries down to just 80 designs – will be announced on the 19th of January 2018. These grand finalists and will partake in an extravagant live catwalk final on the 2nd of February 2018 (Venue TBC). In preparation for the show students must choreograph a performance to showcase their design on the catwalk. The chosen model has 60 seconds to impress the judging panel before the eventual champion of Junk Kouture Scotland is revealed.
Junk Kouture Trophy