Three teenage designers from Donegal are creating waves with their Junk Kouture competition entry.

Students Aisling Ní Shiadháil, Niamh Ní Shiadháil and Rebekah Nic Giolla Bhain from Colásite Ailigh in Letterkenny have made it to the Regional Final of Junk Kouture 2018 with this show-shopping ensemble. 

Bottled Ocean

The students created a dress, entitled “Bottled Ocean” which is made out of plastic bottles, old Christmas decorations and shower loofahs.

Their inspiration behind the dress was to highlight the issue of pollution in our seas, especially plastic.

Bottled Ocean

Aisling, Niamh and Rebekah will display their dress in the Junk Kouture Regional Final on the 1st of March in the Millenium Forum, Derry, where they will be reiterating their campaign against sea pollution. 

A new Ellen MacArthur Foundation report says that every year “at least 8m tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean – which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute. If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050.”

Bottled Ocean

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.

As part of the judging process, the public can get involved by casting a vote for their favourite design through the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture voting app. Voting is now open until Friday. Individuals can cast a single vote every 24hours.

Votes account for 10% of the final mark and can make a huge difference in such a heated competition. 

To vote for Bottled Ocean and all the other creations by local designers, visit