What is Junk Kouture?
Junk Kouture is a national competition for second level students in Ireland and Northern Ireland which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion 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 for the good of the planet. In the last three years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland.
How does it all work?
The competition is launched annually in September to coincide with the teenagers returning to school. Information packs are sent to every secondary school in Ireland. A maximum of three students can work on each outfit and must submitted it by the 31st January the following year to
qualify. The rules stipulate that the outfit must be made from reworked trash or other used materials that are beyond their intended purpose.
The next step involves the judges whittling the entrants down to just 80 outfits per region – north, south, east and west. These chosen outfits are the semi-finalists and subsequently the students must choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of four regional theatres. They have 90 seconds to impress on the catwalk and if successful the 20 highest scoring outfits progress to the grand final.
This year the regional finals will take place in the following venues:
Friday March 7th 2014 Millennium Forum Derry/Londonderry
Monday March 10th 2014
The Helix – DCU Dublin
Wednesday March 12th 2014
The Royal Theatre, Castlebar
Friday March 14th 2014
The grand final then takes place with the 20 finalists from each region battling it out on the catwalk
to be crowned champion and walk away with over €20,000 worth in prizes.