Louis Walsh Returns For A Second Year On JK Scotland Judging Panel

Junk Kouture Scotland returns for a 3rd year with a bang – X-Factor judge, Louis Walsh, will once again take a seat on the judging panel and will be joined by Saturdays star and fashionista – Una Healy

Louis commented, “This is my second year judging Junk Kouture Scotland, I am delighted to be a part of it all again. The young designers come up with the most amazing creations, and I can’t wait to see what they surprise me with this year”.

The competition is open to all secondary school students across Scotland. These teenagers are being challenged to get creative with junk that would otherwise find itself in the bin and create fashion couture style designs. The most innovative and fashion forward creations will walk it out in front of the Junk Kouture judging panel at the live grand final in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 9th February 2017.

Rhys Ellis Announced as Junk Kouture Scotland Judge

Rhys Ellis is a womenswear designer that launched his fashion label in 2016. He studied a BA in Fashion Design at Birmingham City University and Politecnico di Milano. Rhys stayed in Milan to train with Bespoke Tailor Guiltiero Fornetti, ex tailor to both Versace, Byblos and Armani.

After gaining invaluable experience in traditional Bespoke Tailoring, Rhys Ellis moved to London for a short period where he worked for womenswear designer Jean Pierre Braganza before moving to Amsterdam to work with Couture Designer Iris Van Herpen. Rhys Ellis worked on garments and patterns for the ‘Transforming Fashion’ Exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Le Bord des Mondes Exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris and ‘Manus X Machina’ Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum in New York. Alongside exhibition garments, he worked on Ready-to-wear collections and shoes which were showcased during Paris Fashion Week.

Aside from working on garments for Iris Van Herpen, Rhys Ellis has assisted in many photoshoots with numerous well known designers; The New York Times photoshoot in Paris with German Fashion Photographer Juergen Teller, Bart Oomes photoshoot for Iris Van Herpens’ New Book and Press shoots with Fashion Photographers Warren du preez and Nick Thornton-Jones to name a few.

The contrasting experience between traditional tailoring and innovative design has drawn Rhys Ellis’ attention to the importance of fashion forward design and attention to detail.

Una Healy Joins Junk Kouture Scotland Judging Panel

Junk Kouture Scotland returns for a 3rd year with a bang – X-Factor judge, Louis Walsh, will once again take a seat on the judging panel and will be joined by Saturdays star and fashionista – Una Healy

Una commented, “This is my first year judging Junk Kouture and I’m super excited to be part of it. I’ve seen so many stunning pictures from last year’s event and I can’t wait to see what genius creations the Scottish students come up with.”

The competition is open to all secondary school students across Scotland. These teenagers are being challenged to get creative with junk that would otherwise find itself in the bin and create fashion couture style designs. The most innovative and fashion forward creations will walk it out in front of the Junk Kouture judging panel at the live grand final in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 9th February 2017.

Katie Brill – Student Judge

Katie is a 20 year old student from Athlone, Co. Westmeath, currently studying Dietetics in Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh. Although she did not go on to pursue fashion and design at 3rd level, it remains to play a huge part in her life. Katie is currently signed with Catwalk Modelling agency in Galway – working with some of the top Irish stylists, designers, bloggers and hair and makeup artists.

She competed in the 2012 Irish Junk Kouture competition, where she modelled and designed her dress ‘Rejuicing is Appealing’ along with her two friends Emily Henshaw and Anna Keegan. Their design which was entirely made from orange peel skins was awarded the Western Regional Title, and they even got to showcase it on RTE’s Late Late Show. Katie was also lucky enough to win the Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize, which gave her the opportunity to attend and walk the ‘green carpet’ at the Royal Film Premiere of the Hobbit in London. It was a once in a life time experience for Katie and she got to meet the likes of Sir Ian Mc Kellen, Martin Freeman and even the Duke of Cambridge Prince William.

Katie believes that her success in Junk Kouture was not just down to her and her teammate’s hard work and dedication but also due to the amazing support from their school Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, and of course their amazing art teacher Oonagh Kelly.

Katie says, ‘My Junk Kouture experience was nothing short of amazing. It was the highlight of my transition year, and I would strongly encourage students across Scotland to get involved.’

JUNK KOUTURE 2017 LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR SCOTLAND’S TOP NEW TALENT

Junk Kouture, the couture fashion competition is back with a bang as it launches in Scotland for a third year.

Secondary school students from across Scotland are now being urged to get trashy and create wearable fashion designs from recycled rubbish for the 2017 competition.

X-Factor judge, Louis Walsh, will once again take a seat on the judging panel and will be joined by Saturdays star – Una Healy as well as designer – Rhys Ellis and Katie Brill a former winner of Junk Kouture Ireland.

The Junk Kouture Scotland final will take place at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 9 February 2017.

The competition is open to all secondary school students across Scotland.  These teenagers are being challenged to get creative with junk that would otherwise find itself in the bin and   create fashion couture style designs. The most innovative and fashion forward creations will walk it out in front of the Junk Kouture judging panel at the grand final.

Ola Skowyra from Hillhead High School in Glasgow was crowned last year’s winner with her creation ‘Reborn’, painstakingly crafted from 12,000 hand painted paper feathers. Ola was joined by judges Louis and Una in Dublin, Ireland to officially launch this year’s competition.

Una Healy said: “This is my first year judging Junk Kouture and I’m super excited to be part of it. I’ve seen so many stunning pictures from last year’s event and I can’t wait to see what genius creations the Scottish students come up with.”

And this year there’s a brand new category to recognise budding young creative minds. The winner of the Junior Design award will receive a trophy as well as One4all vouchers. The overall 2017 winner will receive £1000 for their school, £500 cash, and iPad mini’s for their team, and teacher, the Enterprise winner and Performance winners will take away a trophy and ASOS and Ticket master vouchers respectively and the winner of the Glamour prize will have the chance to walk the red carpet in their design at the Royal Film premiere in London.

Already a major success in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Junk Kouture inspires young, wannabe fashion designers to come up with truly spectacular creations, while at the same time reinforcing the importance of recycling and re-using waste.

Information packs have been sent to schools with details of how to get involved. For more information follow us on Twitter @JunkKouture or like Junk Kouture on Facebook.