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Junk Kouture National Contest

Ursuline Convent’s fabulous ‘Junk Kouture’ design ‘Kamuro’.

Junk Kouture is all about creating fashion from recyclable materials of every sort.  Its purpose is to encourage young future 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 our rubbish dumps.

This year a number of young designers from Transition Year at the Ursuline Convent here in Thurles are taking part in the ‘National Junk Kouture Competition’, sponsored by Bank of Ireland (BOI).

It is no secret that the annual National Junk Kouture competition aims to inspire and ignite passion in young teenagers, while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and the reusing of waste materials.

Over the last six years, Bank of Ireland’s Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and in 2015 extended its creative platform, further afield, to the shores of Scotland.

This year the Ursuline Convent’s very imaginative, chosen, dress design, entitled “Kamuro”, was initially inspired by fireworks going off in our Thurles night sky. The firework explosion formation known as ‘Kamuro’, (Japanese for ‘boy’s haircut’) creates a tight cluster of silver or gold stars, with attendant glittery, cloudy trails, leaving the viewer hard-pressed not to see what appears to be a ‘haircut’ in the sky.

The dress, affected totally from recycled materials only, was contrived and manufactured over a seven month period by student designer’s M/s Winona Ryan, M/s Sarah Ryan and M/s Roisin Heffernan.

These Ursuline students would really appreciate if you could vote for their dress design in this national final. Voting was launched on Monday last 3rd April 2017 @ 9am and closes at midnight on Friday 14th April 2017.

You can greatly assist their efforts in this competition simply by clicking HERE and picking out their dress called KAMURO, then click on it to vote. See flashing “Click here to vote” at top of web page. (Above last year’s winner’s head.)  Do not forget “Hit that share button also”.

Do remember you can vote once every 24 hours and every vote counts!

The Grand Final of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture, for which tickets are available, takes place at the 3Arena, North Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1, on Thursday 27th of April 2017, beginning at 7.00pm (19:00hrs) sharp.

Amongst the many valued prizes up for grabs on the night, the winning school can picks up €2,500 in cash and takes home the valued Junk Kouture Trophy.

Congratulations!         “Super design and best of luck to all students taking part.”


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