I love this! Popular recycled fashion competition Junk Kouture hit the French Rivera with a bang during this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival. A number of designers proved they could bring junk back to a fashionable life with their designs for the competition and were selected to travel to the South of France. While in Cannes the Junk Kouture models took part in a pop up Junk Fashion show on the Criosette in Cannes to an audience of just over 20,000 people. They also attended the inaugural Junk Kouture Cannes party on the beach.
The competition, which is famed for transforming everyday waste and junk into pieces of high fashion art, has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2010. It has seen thousands of teenagers’ work submitted since then with some spectacular and awe-inspiring pieces gracing the competition’s regional and national catwalks as well as the red carpet at the Royal Première of ‘The Hobbit’ in London. Junk Kouture is the leading fashion and art competition for second level school students across Ireland and has a reputation, among many, as being the most creative.
The designs that made their way to Cannes included ‘Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize’ winners, ‘Pre-Madonna Girl’ – a white, lace creation crafted from broken pearls and discarded lace curtains and ‘Skin Deep’ – a plastic fantastic design which uses plastic packaging and welded chain metal. The overall winner of this year’s competition, ‘UltraVioletWash’ which is constructed from hundreds of clothes pegs and a tin of UV paint was in attendance as well. Junk Kouture also brought along a special ‘Great Gatsby’ inspired dress for the occasion called ‘Bold As Brass’ – a dress that wouldn’t look out of place in Baz Luhrmann’s new adaption of the F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel made from old used bullet casings. All designers are second level students from across Ireland.
Founder of Junk Kouture, Elizabeth O’Donnell had this to say about Junk Kouture’s appearance in Cannes: “Our ethos at Junk Kouture is to inspire and motivate all our entrants. We decided that following the success of Junk Kouture at the Royal Première last year we wanted to give our entrants another opportunity to showcase their designs at a high-scale event and also on an international level. This was our first time in Cannes and we loved every minute!”