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Up-and-coming Irish designers are mining everyday waste to try to win a place in the world final

Horse stirrups, silage and netting are as important as pleats, beading and appliqués for the 60 Irish design teams putting the finishing touches on high fashion outfits ahead of the first-ever Junk Kouture World Finals.

May 5 is the day designers, aged 13 to 18, can submit their designs in hopes of being selected from 10 entries competing against designs from London, Paris, Milan, New York and Abu Dhabi in the World Finals. .

This is the first live final since the global pandemic began and it’s definitely back with a bang.

Junk Kouture judges Roz Purcell, Louis Walsh, Soulé and Stephen McLaughlin. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Pop singer-songwriter Soulé will join Roz Purcell, Louis Walsh and fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin on the Bord Gáis Energy Theater jury.

All the models proudly parading on the catwalk will themselves wear models made from 100% recycled materials.

And the top 10 designs from this Dublin City Final will be selected for the World Final which will take place at a venue yet to be announced. These 10 creations will then compete against 50 other creations — 10 from each of Junk Kouture’s other urban finals in their five new territories: London, Paris, Milan, New York and Abu Dhabi. At the Global Finals, there will be six individual City Designer Awards, as well as the first-ever Junk Kouture World Designer of the Year.

Part of the prize money from the Dublin City Final on May 5 is flown to the World Final to compete in.

Louis Walsh discovers the Culchie Life design modeled by student Leah Gow and made with fellow students Jennifer Curtin and Marie Blocher from de Villiers Secondary School in Limerick using a farmer's best friend, baling twine , as well as other waste from a farm such as silage wrap, chicken wire, milking bunch rubbers and horse stirrups.  Photo: Brian McEvoy
Louis Walsh discovers the Culchie Life design modeled by student Leah Gow and made with fellow students Jennifer Curtin and Marie Blocher from de Villiers Secondary School in Limerick using a farmer’s best friend, baling twine , as well as other waste from a farm such as silage wrap, chicken wire, milking bunch rubbers and horse stirrups. Photo: Brian McEvoy

In addition to judging, Soulé will also perform at night.

The singer who landed number 1s on both Irish radio and the most Shazamed charts, 10 million Spotify streams, is three times nominated for Song of the Year at the Choice Awards; and performed at some of the country’s major festivals, from Electric Picnic to Other Voices, said: “As a singer, I know your performance and fashion choices play a big part in helping you be memorable on stage. I’ll be on the lookout for young designers who give 110% to their performance and channel their inner Lady Gaga, who has made so many fashion statements throughout her singing and acting career!”

Longtime Junk Kouture judge Tracey Fahy and Griffith College fashion design program director Jane Leavey will also be at the high-stakes fashion party. They return as technical judges.

  • Tickets for the Dublin City Final at 7pm on May 5 cost from €26 and are available on Ticketmaster and at the Bord Gáis Energy Theater box office.

The finalists

South Finalists

  • Acantha – Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary
  • Green with Envy – Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co Tipperary
  • Open book — Collège de Villiers
  • Experimental — Pobal Choirchne Dhuibhne
  • On Pointe – Borrisokane Community College
  • Global Spiral — Coláiste Nano Nagle
  • Ode to Joy — Coláiste Nano Nagle
  • Print Outside the Book — John The Baptist Community School
  • Little Bo — Coláiste DunIascaigh
  • Deforestation — St Anne’s Secondary School
  • Contamination Cycle — Salesian Secondary School

Southeast Finalists

  • Battle On – Presentation Secondary School, Wexford
  • God Is A Woman — Tullow Community School
  • Minima — Scoil Christi Ri
  • Optical – Blessington Community College
  • Rage of the Plague — Meanscoil Gharman
  • Virtual Reality — Loreto Girls’ Catholic High School
  • Rising From The Ashes – Loreto Girls’ Catholic High School
  • Get A Grip – Presentation Secondary School, Wexford
  • Unvail Le Passe — Castlecomer Community School
  • Beadtastic — Coláiste Bride, Enniscorthy
  • Projapoti — Coláiste Bride, Enniscorthy

Eastern Finalists

  • Ex Static – Old Bawn Community School
  • The Maskquerade Ball — Dunshaughlin Community College
  • What goes around comes around — Portmarnock Community School
  • Woman of Light – Skerries Community College
  • Black Swan—Mount Sackville Secondary
  • Fungal Futures – Scoil Mhuire, Trim, County Meath
  • Madame Cellophane — Malahide Community School
  • Ms Anatomy – St Raphaela Secondary School
  • Ut Sint Unum (Let We Be One) – St Louis High School, Rathmines
  • Just a Little Moosic — Holy Family School for the Deaf
  • Royal Flush – Loreto Balbriggan Secondary School

West Finalists

  • Bohemian Pampas Tree – Wilson Hospital School
  • Tale of Two Pods – Moate Community School
  • Nestled in Tradition – Moate Community School
  • Back to the future — Cnoc Mhuire
  • Blewe – Our Lady’s Bower Secondary School
  • Re’jenner’ate – Our Lady’s Bower High School
  • Shocked — Coláiste Naomh Eoin
  • Modern Victorian – Scoil Mhuire Strokestown
  • Gaia – Athlone Community College
  • Electric Ice-Atope — Scoil Bhríde
  • Disposable Ball Gown — Clarin College

North Finalists

  • Mother Amarante – Beech Hill College
  • Monster Extinction – Notre Dame Convent, Co Monaghan
  • The Blanc Draft — Scoil Mhuire Buncrana
  • Cutlery Queen – Monaghan Collegiate
  • St Brigid Steps Into Spring — Bailieborough Community School
  • Fashion Flu — St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena
  • Punk Princess packaging — St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena
  • Baum – Castleblayney College
  • Denim Duusu—Castleblayney College
  • Donegal Rose – Loreto Community School, Milford, County Donegal
  • Lir’s Children – Loreto Community School, Milford, Co Donegal