COOKSTOWN student Izabel Sladecekova from Holy Trinity College recently joined the launch for the ‘2014 Junk Kouture Recycling Fashion Competition.
Izabel has participated in Junk Kouture two years in a row. In 2012 she made it to the final three for the Northern Region at the final. Following her appearance at the final in 2012 she made the front page of the Irish Times with her dramatic dress ‘Catwalk Dancer.’ Her dress at the launch; ‘Shadow of a Catwalk Dancer’ was made from cardboard, electrical wires and papers.
The all-island secondary level school competition, proudly supported by Bank of Ireland UK and European Recycling Platform (ERP), was launched with the help of top model Rosanna Davison, who was joined by a selection of finalists from the 2013 competition.
The free competition, now in its fourth year, has gained the reputation as the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland. Their challenge is to create an outfit of any shape or form, with the stipulation that it is made from recycled materials. Entrants must get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products and transform them into pieces of fashion art.
At the launch, students showcased the entries which got them to the 2013 grand final catwalk in May while swapping modelling tips and stories with former Miss World Rosanna, who described the students’ work as ‘inspiring and creative’. And a photocall with a former Miss World is among wonderful opportunities some of the new 2014 students could get after entering, as the competition is also set to send two students to the International Film Festival in Cannes next May and another three to the Royal Film Premiere in London.
Scott Butler, Managing Director ERP UK added: “Junk Kouture communicates the sustainability and recycling message in a fresh and creative way. ERP is therefore delighted to be supporting the competition again. We would like to wish all the entrants the very best of luck.”
Elizabeth Curran, co-founder of Junk Kouture said: “When I started this competition I had no idea that four years later we would have taken students and their fantastic creations to Cannes and to the Royal Film Premiere in London as well as shooting with top models and showcasing our work on many catwalks and red carpets across Ireland.
“I am still wowed and overwhelmed at the creativity of some students’ work.”
Deadline for entries is 31 January 2014. Please visit http://www.junkkouture.com/