WHAT IS BANK OF IRELAND JUNK KOUTURE?

A recycled fashion competition

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. Bank of Ireland 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, Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and in 2015 extended it’s creative platform to Scotland. (For Scottish website, visit www.junkkouture.co.uk).

Registration opens January 9th 2017

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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 midnight on January 30th 2017. 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 (regional finalists) will be announced on the 14th of February at 7:00pm via the BOI Students Facebook page, 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 (See venue details for more information). 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 in April 2017  held in the 3Arena Dublin (date TBC).

The 2017 Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture information pack will be made available in Septermber 2016.

View 2016 Information Pack (info may be outdated)

2017 JUDGES

Una Healy

Louis Walsh

Jane Leavey

Rhys Ellis

Tracy Fahey

2017 STUDENT JUDGES

Karen Devlin

Western Region

Femi Akinrinde

Southern Region

Romy Marren

Northern Region

Jose Varandas

Eastern Region



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


OUR PROUD SPONSOR


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.


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2017 PRIZES

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


Regional Winners 
The 4 regional winning teams and their teacher will win a trip to Cannes Film Festival in May 2017.


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

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