A recycled fashion competition

Bank of Ireland (BOI) 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. BOI Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste. Over the last six years,BOI Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.


The competition is launched annually in September with information packs being sent to all secondary schools across the country. Students are challenged to create a wearable couture design and submit the photos of their finished outfit online by the end of January 2017 (date TBC). A maximum of three students can work on a single design. The rules stipulate that designs must be made from reworked trash or other used materials that are beyond their intended purpose.

The next step involves the judges whittling the submitted designs down to just 80 per region – north, south, east and west. The successful designs are the semi-finalists and subsequently the students must choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of five regional semi-finals held in theatres across the country. The chosen model has 90 seconds to impress the judging panel on the catwalk and if successful he/ she will be one of the twenty designs progressing to the glamorous grand final of the competition in the 3Arena Dublin.

The 2017 BOI Junk Kouture information pack will be made available in August 2016.

View 2016 Information Pack (info may be outdated)


Lorna McGee

Lorna McGee is a London based, trusted and sought-after Fashion stylist. She currently holds the position of Fashion Editor at Vogue India and in the past she has worked for numerous well known publications including, Vogue Russia, Tatler Russia, Glamour Russia and GQ India.

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Rob Condon

Rob Condon is a freelance Fashion Stylist with a vast client base. In recent years Rob has featured in numerous Irish and International magazines and newspapers. He has recently begun to contribute to several Irish TV productions, including Ireland AM and Xposé, revealing his style secrets to the Irish viewer.

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Tracy Fahey

Tracy is the longest sitting BOI Junk Kouture judge and the 2016 competition will mark her 5th consecutive year on the panel. She is Head of both Fine Art and the Centre for Postgraduate Studies in the Limerick School of Art and Design.  She also runs the ACADEMY research centre at LSAD.

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Louis Walsh

The former X Factor Judge made his debut on the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture judging panel last year. We are delighted to have the well known name return for another year. See what Louis himself had to say back when he launched the 2016 competition back in October.

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BOI Junk Kouture is a national competition for second level students in Ireland and Northern Ireland


Junk Kouture is an important part of a range of fun and engaging inititatives supported by Bank of Ireland to provide a positive approach to developing students understanding of relevant issues to them – everything from teamwork, personal responsibility and striving for achievement.



Winning School
€2,500 cash

Winning Team
iPad Minis for the winning team
The teacher of the winning team will receive an iPad Mini
€500 cash

Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize (Model Prize)
2 dresses/outfits and their models will be chosen to attend the The Royal Film Premiere in London (subject to the limited number of invites from the Royal Film Premiere, this prize is for the model only)

LSAD Scholarship Prize
(terms and conditions apply)
Regional Finalist Prize
Best Hair and Makeup Prize
Best Performance Prize
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Award
Most Unusual Material Prize
CoderDojo Techno/Wearables Prize



Feel free to email us, phone us, smoke signal us, carrier pigeon us, or visit us.

  • ROI:
    Junk Kouture Ltd,
    47 Upper Main Street,
    +353 877 460922
  • NI:
    Junk Kouture Ltd,
    The Innovation Centre,
    Northern Ireland Science Park,
    Bay Road, Derry ~ Londonderry,
    BT48 7TG
    +4428 7137 6990
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