Teen trashionsitas and their creative collections from recycled fashion competition, ‘Junk Kouture’ dominated the Belfast FASHIONWEEK runway at the weekend (12 October).

The unique fashion art, which is made from entirely recycled materials, was on the runway courtesy of Junk Kouture supporters Bank of Ireland UK and European Recycling Platform. The very best of Junk Kouture 2013 took to the catwalk and the students strutted their stuff alongside some of Ireland’s top models as part of the promotion for the 2014 event.


Junk Kouture, which is now in its fourth year, has gained the reputation as the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland.  The challenge for this free competition 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.

Scott Butler, Managing Director ERP UK added: “”Junk Kouture promotes the reuse and recycling message in a very creative and glamorous way. It is great that the Junk Kouture students were able to promote this important environmental message as part of Belfast Fashion Week.”


Founder of Junk Kouture Elizabeth Curran had this to say about Junk Kouture’s involvement with FASHIONWEEK; “Junk Kouture prides itself on cultivating new creative talent and providing students with as many outlets to show their creativity as possible.  FASHIONWEEK is yet another example of a great opportunity to showcase young talent.  The students’ designs looked great on the runway and definitely kept up with the other high fashion garments on show!”


Bank of Ireland UK Segment Marketing Manager for Northern Ireland Treasa Anderson commented “The Junk Kouture students greatly added to the excitement of the evening and amazed everyone with their creativity and professionalism.  We are delighted to be able to support emerging talent in this way”.




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