April 25, 2013

Last week I attended the Junk Kouture Grand Final fashion show in the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin. It was a great experience and I had a blast! 
Junk Kouture is a competition where students from Secondary schools all over Ireland make outfits out of recycled materials and submit them to enter the competition. This happens online, so the groups who get through show their outfit at a fashion show in their region (North, East, South or West) and from those fashion shows 20 groups are selected for the grand final.
Two girls of my school got through, so I was really proud of them. Unfortunately, they didn't win anything, but I think their outfits were amazing!
There were 80 outfits in total in the grand final - 20 of each region. At the end, there were 3 outfits selected and out of these final outfits, the judges selected one winner. Then, after there were 4 winners selected (one for each region), the judges picked one overall winner. There were also a few other great prizes, like attending the Cannes (!) Film Festival in May. 
Even though winning a prize is great, it's already an amazing achievement to get as far as the final! I've seen the amount of work that goes into making an outfit out of recycled materials and they all did a great job. 
I tried to take some good pictures for you, but I was sitting quite far away for the first half of the show so that didn't really work out. Luckily, I got to sit on the second row for the second half of the show and had a much better view. 
I hope you enjoy the pictures! 
 Entry hall
 The Stage
 The hosts - Emile and Cheryl
The Judges - Yvonne Holmes, Faye Dinsmore, Tracy Fahey, Darren Kenney
 Northern selection (winner on the right) 
 Eastern selection (winner in the middle) 
 Southern selection (winner on the left) 
 Western selection (winner on the left)
 Bank of Ireland Glamour prize
 WEEE prize
 LA College of Creative Arts prize
 Red Carpet prize
 Overall Winner
With Darren Kenney (Stylist and TV presenter)

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