Local students dazzle in array of junk Kouture

Warrior Knight, Nirlene Cruz, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown
Warrior Knight, Nirlene Cruz, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown

IT was a full house at the Europa Hotel for the Northern Regional Final of the ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition which saw the top 70 entries from Ulster take to the catwalk in their self-made creations.

The competition, which is in its second year, challenges second level students to rework trash and other recycled materials in to remarkable high-end couture fashion. Fashion designer Zoe Boomer, singer and presenter Malachi Cush, Director of Belfast Fashion Week Cathy Martin and Head of Corporate Communications at ERP Ireland Yvonne Holmes judged on the night and were blown away by the standard and variety on show.

Seven Tyrone teams were among the 2O selected to go through to the National Final in Dublin in April. They were:

- Armoured Fization by Fionnghuala Mohan, St Patricks Academy, Dungannon

- Catwalk Dancer by Simona Kiliotaityte, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown

- Dale Farm Lady by Catherine Lagan, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown

- Jean Queen by Cassandra Varandas, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown

- The Field of Green Bottle Tops by Katrina Cvetkova, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown

- Warrior Knight, Nirlene Cruz, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown

- Wired Up, Grainne McElhatton, Katherine McGuigan and Sarah Louise McCormick, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown

ERP Junk Kouture coordinator Elizabeth O’Donnell said “The standard at the Northern Regional Final was outstanding. The creativity and ingenuity of all participating students is truly remarkable and it was a very difficult decision for the judges. I would encourage those who were not successful not to be disheartened and hope that they participate again next year.”

Managing Director of ERP UK, Scott Butler added “On behalf of ERP I would like to thank all participating students and their teachers for their hard work over the last few months. The standard exceeded all expectations and we wish the qualifiers every success in the rest of the competition.”

The qualifying students will now go through to the Grand Final which will take place at City West Hotel, Dublin on the 20th April. The generous prize includes €2,000 for the winning school, €500 for the winning team, €1,000 worth of IT equipment and a week-long design course at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design, Dublin. For more information on the competition, log on to www.erpjunkkouture.com.