These Junk Kouture creations by local secondary students are far from rubbish:
After yet another awe-inspiring display of regional glitz, glamour and re-purposed ‘rubbish’, Bank Of Ireland Junk Kouture provincial winners will gather together for one last time at the competition’s Grand Final in 3 Arena, on the 27th of April 2017.
Three Donegal schools will take to the stage and face stiff competition from over 80 other entries from across the country. With multiple entries, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana and Deele College Raphoe will compete alongside single entry hopes Coláiste Ailigh Letterkenny to be crowned All-Ireland winner.
Set to be one of the biggest events in the 2017 Irish fashion calendar; 3Arena will play host to the crème de la crème of the country’s most creative young minds.
Sara Ryan from Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture revealed: “This is our third final to be held in the 3Arena, and if last year is anything to go by, the audience are in for a night to remember! The crowd travels from every corner of Ireland to support their models and designers and nothing prepares you for the roar of the Grand Final audience. So contestants will definitely need to bring their A game, as well as their ear plugs!”
Overall, 83 talented teams will ‘strut it out’ and showcase their striking works of wearable, recycled art, to be crowned the king or queens of the catwalk by a celebrity judging panel including firm Irish favourites, Louis Walsh and Una Healy.
The hotly anticipated ‘walk off’ will also be commentated by TV personalities Glenda Gilson and Rob Condon, while Irish band Seo Linn, and singer Brendan Murray will be making star studded musical appearances. Dayl Cronin from the boy band Hometown, will also be entertaining the crowd with his RTE ‘Dancing With The Stars’ partner, Ksenia Zsikhotska.
Apart from a celebrity judging panel, the public can also take part in competition voting online from midnight on the 3rd of April, to midnight on the 14th of April by visiting www.facebook.com/BOIstudents/ .
People can vote for as many designs as they like, but only one per day. The public vote accounts for 10% of the finalist’s score, and can make a huge difference to the overall winner.
In addition to the coveted first place prize, teams will also be competing for €2,500 for their school, iPad Minis and €500 cash for their team. Two ‘Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize Winners’ will also be given the opportunity to attend the famous Royal Film Premiere in London.
Adding to the event’s glamour even further, for the first time ever in JK history, all four 2017 regional winners will be invited to attend the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May. For contestants planning for a fashion future, there is also the chance to win creative scholarships for sole applicants to the Limerick School of Art and Design, and Griffith College Dublin.
Tickets for the night of fashion and fun are available from Ticketmaster.