St Louis’ teams bid for Junk Kouture title

Four teams from St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena have made it through to the regional finals of the Junk Kouture competition, including this design by the 'Metal Meltdown' team.
Four teams from St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena have made it through to the regional finals of the Junk Kouture competition, including this design by the 'Metal Meltdown' team.

Four teams of budding fashion designers from St Louis Grammar School have made it through to the Junk Kouture Northern regional final.

‘Metal Meltdown’, ‘The Tight Twist’, ‘Musical Maiden’ and ‘Off the Scale’ have been mentored in the competition by their art teacher Eilish McDonald.

The four teams will go head to head at the regional final at the Millennium Forum in Derry on March 4.

Hosted by Ed and Fitzy from iRadio, the audience is in for a treat as 80 talented students will showcase their couture creations made from rubbish and recycled materials in a performance accompanied to music.

The regional finals have a strong judging panel with main judges Tracy Fahey (LSAD Educator), Lorna Mc Gee (Vogue India) and Rob Condon (Stylist) joined by previous winner Ellen Connolly who has first-hand experience of competing in the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition and understands the pressures and challenges of the regional finalists.

Louis Walsh and Vogue Williams will join the panel for the grand final on April 14.

Laura Lynch, Head of Youth Banking at Bank of Ireland, said: “The calibre of designs for this year’s competition is incredible.

“We wish everyone the best of luck in the next stage of the competition and remind finalists to get innovative about how they gather support through the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture voting app.”

The teams will be competing to earn their place in the grand finals in the hope of walking away with the top prize of €2,500 for their school, iPad Minis and €500 cash for the team.