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A Trashy Look.

Published 30.01.15 · Style ·
From junk to funk

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Think you’ve finished with that empty Frostie’s box? Think again.

 Pictured is designer Julia Sokele with model Tiffany Brien

Pictured is designer Julia Sokele with model Tiffany Brien 

The deadline is now looming for all Bank Of Ireland ‘Junk Kouture’ entrants. The recycled fashion competition for second level students does a final call out for applicants. This fashion show really is a load of old rubbish (no it really is).

The ever-popular student design and recycling competition Junk Kouture this week announced deadline dates for 2015 entries as Friday 07 February 2015. In a bid to ‘spur on’ the entrants from the Northern region; model, blogger and former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien teamed up with popular designer Julia Sokele to jointly design their own Junk Kouture dress entitled Achromatic. The modern, all-white design piece, which is made of recycled plastic spoons as well as damaged paper plates, was inspired by 3D shapes and contemporary art, will appear at the northern final on 09 March in the Millennium Forum in Derry.

@ Pictured is designer Julia Sokele, Founder Elizabeth Curran, model Tiffany Brien and Bank Of Ireland's Sean Sheehan


The Bank of Ireland ‘Junk Kouture’ competition in association with Repak, is a national competition for second level students which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk thatwould 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 four years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.


Students are challenged to create a wearable couture design and submit the photos of their finished outfit online. The rules stipulate that designs must be made from reworked trash or other used materials that are beyond their intended purpose.

The judges whittle the submitted designs down to just 80 semi-finalists. The students must choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of four regional semi-finals held in theatres across the country. The chosen model has 90 seconds to impress the judging panel on the catwalk and if successful he/ she will be one of the twenty designs progressing to the glamorous grand final of the competition. The competition is open to all schools from across throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and offers thousands of pounds in prize money as well as iPads and trips to red carpet events in London for the winners.


Judges this year include the gorgeous model, DJ, and fashion blogger - Vogue Williams, but you gotta be quick, remember applications have to be in by Friday 07 February 2015.

Good luck everyone!

Now where did I leave that empty egg carton?


Thanks for reading, Jackie.

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