Thursday, March 19, 2020

THE provincial winners of Junk Kouture* will gather one more time for the grand final of the competition, when they will put on a dazzling display of glitz, glamour and re-purposed ‘rubbish’ in the 3Arena on Thursday 30 April.

Taking to one of Ireland’s most prestigious stages, two local designs from Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise will join other finalists from across the country in a bid to be crowned winner of the tenth annual Junk Kouture contest.

Canine 99, designed by Jade Laffan and Alex Wright, and Peace Unfolds, designed by Sarah Tuohy, Elise Finn and Grainne McCaul, will represent Laois at the regional finals.

Set to be one of the biggest events in the 2020 fashion calendar, the 3Arena will play host to the crème de la crème of the country’s most creative young minds.

Junk Kouture’s operations manager Megan Kelly said: “This is our seventh final to be held in the 3Arena, and if the previous years are anything to go by, the audience is in for a fabulous night to remember. Large numbers of family, friends and fashion enthusiasts travel across the provinces of Ireland to support the designers and models and nothing sounds better that the cheers of the grand final audience. So contestants will definitely need to bring their A game, as well as their ear plugs!”

Overall, 80 creative teams will strut their stuff and showcase their striking works of wearable, recycled art in the hope of being crowned kings or queens of the catwalk by a celebrity judging panel that includes star of Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Strictly Come Dancing Michelle Visage, and X Factor’s Louis Walsh. Apart from a celebrity judging panel, the public can also participate by voting online from 9am on Monday 30 March to 6pm on Friday 3 April by visiting Feel free to vote for as many designs as you like, but only one vote per day is possible. The public vote accounts for 10% of the finalists’ score and can really make a massive difference to the overall winner,

In addition to the coveted first prize, teams will also compete for €2,000 for their school and €1,000 cash for their team. Five regional winners will also get the opportunity to attend the famous Cannes Film Festival in May, and for contestants planning a future in fashion, there is also the chance to win creative scholarships for sole applicants to the Limerick School of Art and Design, and Griffith College Dublin.

If you would like to attend a night of recycled fashion and fun, grab your tickets for the Junk Kouture grand final. They are currently on sale from the venue’s box office or

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