Silver Ticket for Junk Kouture as two groups qualify!

Many congratulations to TY students Emma,Alison & Julia who were awarded the only Silver Ticket by visiting sports star Briege Corkery. This means the girls qualify for the the Regional Final in Limerick. Their entry 'Popluxxy' is a spectacular creation. Congratulations also to the “Imperishable” team which includes T.Y. students Tia Kiely (Model), Rachel and Maggie. Thanks to Mrs. Moynihan, their Art Teacher. This project has taken the girls and their teacher many hours of work, from original concept to choosing materials and designing an outfit with both aesthetic appeal and environmental upcycling.

This striking ensemble been chosen to progress to the regional final of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2019. Alison, Julia and Emma (Model) are celebrating the success of their ‘Pop Art’-inspired costume called ‘Popluxxy’. The three students were surprised with a precious Silver Ticket, with just one awarded in Cork from the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture representatives.

The creative students used recyclable materials to create their design: * Old high heels, Old bandeau top

* Old dandy comics, * Old curtain and scrap materials from a seamstress, * A zip from of an old dress

* An old discontinued wallpaper book, * An old hairband, * Dry markers from the art room Cardboard and wire from the art room.

“Imperishable”- included T.Y. students Tia Kiely (Model), Rachel and Maggie. 


Our design is inspired by feminism as we feel it’s an issue relevant in 2018 and empowering women should be something we all do. We took inspiration from strong female figures like Countess Markievicz. We named our piece “Imperishable” because the character wearing it is strong and it also links in with the items used because most of them would be around for a long time if we didn’t reuse them.


Leather from sofa, teddys from when we were young, cans gathered from parties, chicken wire from farm, old newspaper , bin bags from garage and art room , old princess dress, old school shoes, broken mop , bike chains from recycling centre, bottle caps from local pub, wires from broken chargers, stick from fallen tree in storm, old welding mask from metalwork room, bulb from broken lamp, worn belt


We made our hoop skirt and attached plastic bags to a belt. We added the sewn teddies to the skirt. We cut a shirt out of the leather and laced it using cables. We made shoulder pads using hot glue, tinfoil, chicken wire and scored cans. The horns were made from wire and rope, then spray painted. We decorated using bottle caps chains and leftover fur. All items used contributed to sustainability.

Now in its ninth year, Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has become the country’s leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students challenged with creating unique, original and innovative outfits from recycled materials and junk. The Southern Regional Final takes place on March 8th in the University of Limerick. Popluxxy’s design will then go into a public vote online which will be worth 10% of their overall marks received in the regional finals. This will take place from the 18th-22nd February, details on voting will be displayed on Facebook, Twitter and posters around Millstreet and the surrounding areas.

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is an all island competition for secondary school students which takes elements such as fashion, design, engineering and environmental sustainability and transforms them into a creative contest like no other.

Inspiring young designers in second level education to use everyday junk materials to create striking works of wearable art, the competition calls on all budding fashionistas to see if they have what it takes to be crowned King or Queen of the upcycled catwalk.

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has already captivated over 24,000 students, 7,000 teachers and 100,000 audience members.