Three Roscommon designs to compete at Junk Kouture final

Three designs from County Roscommon schools are set to compete at the Junk Kouture final in Dublin this May.

STEMinist by Vanessa Kielty, Martha Nugent and Mary McNulty from Elphin Community College, Oriental Empress by Orla Conroy and Katie Martin from Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, and Rococo Royalty by Aisling Harlow from Convent of Mercy, Roscommon have been chosen following the regional finals last week.

Oriental Empress was made using plastic milk cartons, scrap wool and paper, STEMinist e created from plastic medical tubing, nuts and bolts, and Rococo Royalty was designed using ated using old duvet covers, scrap jewellery, fake flowers and lace.

  1,200 haute-couture designs made from 100 per cent recycled materials by post-primary students entered the 13th year of the creative programme in Ireland. From this, 300 designs were shortlisted and aired on Junk Kouture’s YouTube and TikTok channel for the 2023 Regional Finals.

Taking to one of Ireland’s most prestigious stages, County Roscommon’s three finalists will face stiff competition from over 70 other entries from across the country in this year’s Dublin City Final. Scoil Mhuire Strokestown will compete with Elphin Community College as well as Convent of Mercy in a bid to secure a space at the inaugural World Final of Junk Kouture where Irish finalists will compete with their fellow creative peers from Paris, Milan, NYC, London and Abu Dhabi.