Winner of Junk Kouture 2014 Revealled!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I've feally enjoyed following this year's Junk Kouture competition, as not only does the competition really help to both encourage and channel the creative talents of our young people, but I'm always blown away at the originality and immense talent of the entrants!!

The competition reached it's exciting conclusion recently at The O2 in Dublin, where eighty cutting edge designs took to the stage for the Grand Finale of Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition 2014! Students from across Ireland stormed the catwalk to showcase their designs in front of a sold out crowd. 

Junk Kouture 2014, supported by Bank of Ireland and European Recycling Platform (ERP), enlisted the help of an outstanding judging panel for this year’s competition. Former Miss World Rosanna Davison judged her very first Grand Final alongside TV presenter & Stylist Darren Kennedy, Tracey Fahey (LSAD) and Yvonne Holmes (ERP). The expert judging panel hand-picked the outfits that were crowned winners of Junk Kouture 2014!

Elizabeth has said, ‘Every finalist deserved to walk the walk the catwalk in the O2 tonight. The standard of outfits was unbelievable on every level. The judges had an unenviable job on their hands to decide on the winners of Junk Kouture 2014’.

Hydrangia Mania by New-Bridge Integrated College.

Examination Transformation by New-Bridge Integrated College

The overall Junk Kouture Winner 2014 was announced as Pine-a-Coladas modelled by Ruth Gallagher. The outfit made from rope, pine cones and dried pineapple was an entry by Our Lady’s Bower School in Athlone and won a cash prize of €2,500 for their school. Ruth, Jane Wallace and Emma Kinsella also won a mini iPad each, a course in the LA College of Creative Arts and €500 in cash. Their teacher Una Kelly was also awarded with an iPad mini for her efforts.

Pine-a-Coladas as modelled by Ruth Gallagher.

Locked In Time from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Lost In Translation from Malahide Community School, Dublin walked away with The Bank Of Ireland Glamour Prize. Both dresses and their models will attend the Royal Film Premiere in London later this year!

While Recircuitable from Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone was the outfit that caught the eye of ERP judge Yvonne Holmes and was awarded with the ERP WEEE Prize. This outfit incorporated the best items of Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

LA Academy Hair and Make-up Prize winner was announced as Reine de Bois and will receive a course in LA Academy.

LSAD summer school have awarded places at LSAD for best fashion textiles, best portfolio and most promising designer to Off The Rails from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Claudette Crochet from Portlaoise College, Portlaoise.

It's fantastic to see the creative talents of our young people both North and South of the border being celebrated and encouraged through the Junk Kouture Competition, many congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

The winning team of Junk Kouture 2014, Pine-a-Coladas!

For further information, please log on to the Junk Kouture website: or visit them on Facebook or Twitter:

Massive thank you to Lucy McIlwaine at CMPR for the press release, photographs
 by Brian McEvoy- Pictures in Publicity.

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  1. Some very adorable photographs, Miss Louise!