Nine Irish teenage design teams through to the Junk Kouture World Final

Nine Irish design teams from secondary schools across the country have been selected to represent Ireland at the Junk Kouture World Final later this year.

0 teams in total will travel to the finals after a wildcard spot will be awarded by public vote later this month.

60 Irish design teams presented their unique creations at the National Finals at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Theater tonight.

The competition challenges students aged 13-18 from participating schools in the UK, Italy, France, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and New York to create innovative and imaginative designs using unwanted objects and recycled materials.

This year’s Irish Heat took place to a sold-out live audience for the first time since the pandemic began, and was judged by Roz Purcell, Louis Walsh, fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin and singer Soulé.

Nine was the magic number that night as nine creations were selected by the jury to represent Ireland at the first-ever Junk Kouture World Finals in Abu Dhabi later this year.

All hope is not lost for the other Dublin City finalists who didn’t make the top nine, however, as RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford revealed there was still one RTÉ wildcard spot up for grabs.

Junk Kouture Powered by RTÉ Dublin City final highlights will be broadcast on Thursday 19 May at 7pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player and a public vote will open immediately after the show.

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The tenth design to represent Ireland at the finals will then be announced live on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show in June.

The teams that made it straight to the World Finals are:

  • “Bohemian Pampas Tree” by Clodagh Ramsey (model) and Dimo ​​Tate of Wilson’s Hospital School, Co. Westmeath. Their living clothing needs water, air and light on a daily basis and consists of pampas grass, moss and black foxtail.
  • “Tale of Two Pods” by Kate Molloy (model), Eimear Keenan and Samantha Irwin of Moate Community School, Co. Westmeath, made from 3,000 coffee pods, a broken umbrella, old heels and an old Debs dress.
  • “Back to the Future” by Joshua Osabuehien and Solomon Eduard (model) of Cnoc Mhuire, Co. Longford, a futuristic armor against climate change made from an old laundry basket, car wipers and an old shower mat.
  • ‘Acantha’ by Genevieve Keane from Ursuline Secondary School, Tipperary, inspired by the story of St Patrick and made from potato sacks, curtains, wool and old rugs.
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    The nine Junk Kouture World Finalists from Ireland. Image: Brian McEvoy
  • ‘Ode to Joy’ by Maha Shahzadi (model), Jadine Keane-Fitzpatrick and Somaia Anwari from Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick, inspired by the European Green Deal and made from aluminum foil, bed sheets and old rope.
  • ‘Black Swan’ by Sky Synnott of Mount Sackville Secondary, Dublin, inspired by the story of the ugly duckling and made from old raincoats, pillows, duvet covers and hangers.
  • ‘Minima’ by Alison Dalton, Emma Touhy and Orlaith McNamara of Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, made from over 100,000 tiny Styrofoam beads found in an old beanbag and inspired by designer Zac Posen.
  • ‘On Pointe’ by Orlagh White and Emma Connolly of Borrisokane Community College, Co. Tipperary promotes the revival of ancient Irish craftsmanship using weaving, knotting and threading techniques and is made from cane and feathers.
  • ‘Queen of Cutlery’ by Hannah Potts and Louise McChesneys of Monaghan Collegiate, Co Monaghan made from metal forks, knives and spoons.


Junk Kouture rates Soulé, Stephen McLaughlin, Roz Purcell and Louis Walsh.

Junk Kouture judge and singer Soulé said she was “so excited” for Ireland’s world finalists.

“This was my first year as a judge at Junk Kouture and I was more than impressed with the level of creativity, imagination and performance that was displayed last night. It was such a difficult decision to narrow down the 60 designs down to just nine, we were all absolutely blown away by the standard of these designs,” she added.

Louis Walsh said the competition gets “bigger and better” every year.

“This year, these designs will make their mark on the world stage. I think we’ve found some really special designs here in Ireland, any one of these nine could be the next big designer in fashion – they’re amazing,” he said.

Troy Armor, managing director of Junk Kouture, described the design standard as “absolutely incredible”.

“Well done to our winners! We are very excited for our first World Finals in Abu Dhabi, bringing junk couture to more young people around the world, enriching and empowering their lives through creativity and sustainability, and introducing the world to the circular engineers of the future,” he added. Nine Irish teenage design teams through to the Junk Kouture World Final

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