A recycled fashion competition

Junk Kouture is a national competition for second level students which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. 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 four years, 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 31st January 2015 (Ireland) and 28th February 2015 (Scotland). 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 four 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.

This year the regional finals will take place in the following venues:



All will be revealed soon!

Judge 1

Judge 2

Judge 3

Judge 4

This years judges will be announced on the Bank of Ireland Facebook page. Why not LIKE the page now to stay up to date.

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.


Repak  is an industry funded organisation whose aim it is to facilitate and grow packaging recycling. Repak was established to help businesses meet their legal obligations to fund the recovery and recycling of the packaging on the goods or services they supply, as set out in the Waste Management.



Created in 2010 by entrepreneurs Elizabeth O’Donnell and Troy Armour, the Junk Kouture competition has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted over the past two years, with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks. Sponsored by ERP, the only pan-European compliance scheme for electronic waste and battery recycling, Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland and has a reputation as being the most creative.

Elizabeth O’Donnell, founder of Junk Kouture said: “We were delighted to take to the red carpet in London and the students enjoyed their moment in the spotlight. Many guests at the event – as well as people in the crowds – were complimenting the girls’ work. The levels of creativity as well as the cool things which the students have done with other people’s junk are incredible and it really is something to be celebrated. Our 2013 competition launched recently and I know there are students right across Ireland working on very exciting plans to bring junk back to a very fashionable life! “The only thing missing on the night was HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, who was too ill to attend, and I would have loved for her to see the dresses up close and what a thrill it would have been for the 3 models to meet her. We do all wish her a speedy recovery.”



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

  • info@junkkouture.com
  • +353 74 9320220
  • Junk Kouture Ltd,
    47 Upper Main Street,
    Co. Donegal,
  • +00353 864008784

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