Three pupils, from St Pauls Academy in Dundee have been crowned Junk Kouture champions 2017 with ‘Wear no Evil’ their atlas inspired creation at the final of the recycled fashion competition.
Their design, which used pages from ripped and broken maps from the school Geography department, old metal coat-hangers, bedding, curtain lining and broken hula hoops, to create their masterpiece was designed to highlight the environmental damage of fast fashion on the planet, raise awareness of fashion pollution and open discussion for ways society can help.
The fashion show, which took place last week (Thursday 9 February) at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow, saw 80 school pupils from across Scotland take to the stage to show off their amazing designs made entirely from recycled materials.
Ellie Byrne, who modelled the creation and her fellow team mates Ayden Bryson-Sword and Ummi Ibrahim and teacher Shauna McHugh, took home the Junk Kouture trophy, plus £1000 for their school, £500 cash to split between them plus iPad minis for the team.
Second place went to, Maisie Keery, Kerr Hutchsion and their teacher Kirsty Webster from Hillhead High School in Glasgow for their ‘Sowma’ creation which incorporated highland cow hair, swatches of fabric from sample books, leaves, twigs and even pig trotters.
And in third place was ‘Phormium Forest Jacket’ by Kira McCarthy and Jemima Horne and their teacher Jenny Revolta from Ceders School of Excellence Senior School in Greenock. Their dress translated the idea of a tree into fashion using real natural materials all found in the garden.
Judges at the event included Louis Walsh, former Saturday’s star, Una Healy, Rhys Ellis, fashion designer and Katie Brill a former winner of Junk Kouture Ireland. Performances on the evening came from X factor finalists Reggie N Bollie and former Hometown star Brendan Murray.
Sara Ryan project manager of Junk Kouture said: “The judges were hugely impressed by the high calibre of entries this year but Wear No Evil stood out as a clear winner. Their idea was creative and really tapped into a current environmental issue. The attention to detail, use of materials and actual pulling together of the outfit was fantastic and I’m sure we’ve found some real fashion stars of the future.”
Other awards on the evening included the Glamour Award which went to Dumfries Academy for their ‘Air of Antoinette’ creation, The Enterprise Award which went to ‘Power of the Poppy from Arbroath High School. Best Performance went to ‘Sowman’ from Hillhead High School in Glasgow and Best Junior Design went to ‘Foregone Fairytale Reminiscence’ from Brannock High School in Motherwell.
Already a major success in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Junk Kouture Scotland is now in its third year and inspires young, wannabe fashion designers to come up with truly spectacular creations, while at the same time reinforcing the importance of recycling and re-using waste.