From left to right: She’s All Matt from Athlone Community College, Lighting the Way, from Moate Community School, #TAGME from Moate Community School and Rein on Me from Our Lady's Bower

Four local designs reach Junk Kouture national final

Four designs from local schools have been chosen to compete at the Dublin City Final of Junk Kouture

Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9, saw the next generation of Irish up-and-coming eco-conscious creators, innovators, and fashion designers at the 2023 Regional Finals of Junk Kouture, the world’s largest sustainable fashion competition for youth.

1,200 haute-couture designs made from 100% recycled materials by post-primary students entered the 13th year of the creative programme in Ireland. From this, 300 designs were shortlisted and aired on Junk Kouture’s YouTube and TikTok channel for the 2023 Regional Finals.

During the showcase, 80 was the magic number, as 80creations crafted by young designers aged 13-18 years from across the North, South, East, South-East and West of Ireland were chosen to represent their region at the Dublin City Final taking place this May.

Taking to one of Ireland’s most prestigious stages, the four finalists’ teams will face stiff competition from over 70 other entries from across the country in this year’s Dublin City Final. Moate Community School’s two designs will compete with Athlone Community College, as well as Our Lady’s Bower’s entry in a bid to secure a space at the inaugural World Final of Junk Kouture where Irish finalists will compete with their fellow creative peers from Paris, Milan, NYC, London and Abu Dhabi.

The four local designs are #TAGME by Eva Donlon, Evie Nugent and Méabh O'Shea from Moate Community School created from plastic tags from DeltaQ; Lighting the Way by Sean Murray Gaffey and Cliodhna Buckley from Moate Community School created from plastic tea light candle holders from local churches; Rein on Me by Ellie Denby and Evie Welton from Our Lady’s Bower Secondary School, Athlone created from horse feed bags and She’s All Matt by Eimear Dolan, Zoe Clinton and Dio Doria from Athlone Community College created from bath mats and anti-slips.

Junk Kouture is Powered by RTE. The Regional Finals can be watched back on Junk Kouture’s YouTube channel and details of the Dublin City Final this May including date, venue and tickets will be announced shortly. Eurospar and DHL are the official partners.Stay up to date on, Instagram and TikTok. junkkouture.