Schools gear up for fi­nals of Junk Kou­ture

Wexford People - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

FOUR SEC­ONDARY schools from County Wex­ford will fea­ture in this year’s Junk Kou­ture grand fi­nal which will take place in the 3Arena, Dublin, this com­ing Thurs­day, April 19.

The event, which is a sell out, is one of the most pres­ti­gious na­tional com­pe­ti­tions on the school cal­en­dar and gives stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate clothes us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­rial.

The in­ge­nu­ity and in­no­va­tion dis­played by stu­dents is al­ways of an ex­tremely high stan­dard and this year there was an eclec­tic range it items en­tered.

The stu­dents from Wex­ford who won their way through to the fi­nal in­clude: Estella Crean and Olga Pi­larek (Co­laiste Bride, En­nis­cor­thy) for their en­try, ‘Flare Eg­g­cel­lence’, Aoife Clau­son and Aine Byrne (FCJ, Bun­clody), with ‘Meet the Lit­tle Flock­ers’; Laura Ryan (Rams­grange Com­mu­nity School), with ‘Sa­fari Queen’; Emily Ka­vanagh and Katie Lep­pla (Gorey Com­mu­nity School), for ‘Eg­gstrav­a­ganza’; Anna Burke and Alexan­dra Gi­ran (Co­laiste Bride, En­nis­cor­thy), with ‘Quirk It Up’, and Sarah Boyce and Ni­amh MacAo­gain (Co­laiste Bride, En­nis­cor­thy), with ‘Hanoanana’.

There were 1,533 Kou­ture out­fits en­tered this year and from that num­ber just 86 made it through to the fi­nal.

Aimed specif­i­cally at sec­ondary schools Junk Kou­ture is now firmly es­tab­lished as Ire­land’s lead­ing fash­ion and art com­pe­ti­tion.

Such is the pop­u­lar­ity of the ini­tia­tive that the Grand Fi­nal is sold out which means the Wex­ford girls will be modelling and show­cas­ing their cre­ations be­fore a ca­pac­ity 3Arena au­di­ence.

In ad­di­tion to the ac­tion on the cat­walk some of Ire­land’s hottest new mu­sic acts are also set to ap­pear at the event in­clud­ing pop star, Jake Carter, who won Danc­ing With Stars, and four-piece in­die-pop act, Fallen Lights.

Dance troupe XOD are sched­uled to open the show.

With days to go the fi­nal­ists are mak­ing sure their mas­ter­pieces are per­fect for the oc­ca­sion where they will be judged by style guru, Pippa O’Con­nor, and X-Fac­tor and Ire­land’s Got Tal­ent judge, Louis Walsh. They will be joined by fash­ion ed­u­ca­tors and ex­perts, Tracey Fa­hey and Jane Leavey.

An ad­di­tional judge this year will be First Class grad­u­ate of Lim­er­ick School of Art and De­sign, Stephen McLaugh­lin - who is also a past win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Com­ment­ing on the stan­dard of this year’s en­tries Sara Ryan, from Junk Kou­ture, said the en­tries this year were ‘over­whelm­ing’.

‘The stan­dard each year is just get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter,’ she said.

‘The ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent of the stu­dents is truly blow­ing us away.’

Sa­fari Queen was cre­ated by Laura Ryan of Rams­grange Com­mu­nity School.

Flare Eg­g­cel­lence by Estella Crean and Olga Pi­larek of Coláiste Bríde, En­nis­cor­thy.

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