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MOO CROWNED THE OVERALL WINNER OF THE BANK OF IRELAND JUNK KOUTURE COMPETITION FOR 2018

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Takes Over 3Arena

Moo was crowned the winner of the eighth annual Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture final which took place tonight at the 3Arena. On the evening 86 student models performed in front of an audience of 6,500 friends and family in another sold out incredible all Ireland final.

Moo from Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone was modelled by Isabelle Clarke and designed by Mary Brody with the use of 300 milk cartons which were cut into shapes and connected together by over 30,000 O rings. Moo will be returning home to Athlone, Westmeath with the prestigious Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture trophy and €2,500 cash for their school. The team will each receive €500 cash and an iPad mini. Class will also be Cannes-celled for the five regional winning teams as they jet off with Bank of Ireland to the Cannes International Film Festival to walk the red carpet and showcase their incredible deigns to the global paparazzi this summer.

Other prizes awarded on the night included The Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize; awarded to She’s No Egg, But She’s Some Yolk from Our Lady’s Bower and What Lies Beneath from Moate Community School. The stylish winners will have the opportunity to model their outfits on the red carpet at the glamourous Royal Premier in London.  In addition the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Award was awarded to Stand Up and Fight from Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick and the Bank of Ireland Techno Wearables Prize was awarded to Digital Download from Presentation College, Tuam Galway .

Moo surpassed all expectations and blew the star studded judging panel away; made up of X Factor and Ireland’s Got Talent judge Louis Walsh, style guru Pippa O’Connor, fashion educators and experts Tracey Fahey and Jane Leavey, alongside  previous winner and LSAD graduate Stephen McLaughlin, who had the difficult and unenviable task of choosing the overall winners.

The young budding designers have been working tirelessly on their extraordinary designs since the start of the school year. They were tasked with creating haute couture outfits from recycled materials and junk. Each of the 86 finalists strutted the catwalk to thundering applause and screams from a capacity audience who were also treated to a performance by pop sensation and winner of Dancing with the Stars 2018 Jake Carter, 4 piece Indie/Pop outfit from Mullingar Fallen Lights and dance troupe XOD.

Laura Lynch, Head of Customer Propositions at Bank of Ireland said “Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has supported thousands of students over the years giving them a head start by teaching valuable skills such as teamwork, innovation and the opportunity to inspire each other throughout the competition. Every year we get to the grand final and are blown away once again with the creative talent in our schools. It’s no surprise that Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has become a launch pad for a number of successful careers in architecture, fashion design, fine arts, teaching and entertainment. Congratulations to Moo who is taking the title of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture winner back to her school Our Lady’s Bower in Athlone”.

Troy Amour, Co-Founder of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture also commented; “It’s even better than last year, I cannot believe the incredible display of young Irish design talent. Thanks to our tireless partners bank of Ireland  encouraging their partner schools to take part This year we had to add a fifth regional final (Dublin) in order to cope with this year’s jump in applicants from 1,300 to 1,533. The level of competition and standard of creativity keeps growing and we’re very excited to see what else is to come”

The winners of the eighth annual Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture were as follows;

Overall Winner & West Regional Winner:

Name: Moo

School: Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone

Model: Isabelle Clarke

Students: Mary Brody

Made from: Milk Cartons

 

Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize Winner 1:

Name: She’s No Egg, But She’s Some Yolk

School: Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone

Model: Ellen Kearney

Students: Katie Shortall

Made from: Egg Cartons

 

Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize Winner 2:

Name: What Lies Beneath

School: Moate Community School

Model: Tina Geoghegan

Students: Arthur Finlay & Rebecca Flyn

Made from: Animal Bones

 

North Regional Winner:

Name: Serenity

School: City Armagh High School

Model: Rachel Irwin

Made from: Trampoline mat, feathers from uncle’s farm, Christmas wreaths from brother’s grave

 

South Regional Winner:

Name: Expressivo

School: Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel, Tipperary.

Model: Alanna Gilbert

Students: Sarah Ni Cheallaigh, Keyara Connolly

Made from: Internal parts of a Piano

 

East Regional Winner:

Name: Dragon Sceal

School: Scoil Mhuire Community School, Naas, Kildare

Model: Jamie Yap

Students: Alix Weld, Shauna O’Rourke

Made from: Recycled takeaway menu cards, foil insulation, rubber caps, newspaper, foam filters and old bike helmet.

 

Dublin Regional Winner:

Name: Inbhuanaitheacht

School: Malahide Community School

Model: Aisling Shiel

Students: Alex Mangan, Cliodhna Cole-Rigney

Made from: Flax-hemp a pure natural hemp fibre product that is made of the long fine fibre that comes from the stem of the flax plant

 

LSAD Scholarship Prize:

Name: What Lies Beneath

School: Moate Community School

Scholarship awarded to: Arthur Finlay

Made from: Animal Bones

 

Griffith College Scholarship Prize:

Name: Inbhuanaitheacht

School: Malahide Community School

Scholarship awarded to: Alex Mangan for her design

Made from: Flax-hemp a pure natural hemp fibre product that is made of the long fine fibre that comes from the stem of the flax plant

 

Best Hair and Makeup Prize:

Name: Head Space

School: Elphin Community College

Model: Grace Kielty

Students: Rachel Muldowney, Alan Costello 

Bank of Ireland Enterprise Award:

Name: Stand Up and Fight

School: Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick

Model: Megan O’Mahoney

Students: Emily Griffin, Rebecca Keane

Made from: Munster Rugby Flags

 

Most Unusual Material Prize:

Name: Fear Leighis na Mara Plaisteach

School: Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Tralee, Kerry

Model: Lennox Beaujouan

Students: Peadar Toibin, Sean O’Loingsigh

Made from: Fish Skins

 

Bank of Ireland Techno Wearables Prize:

Name: Digital Download

School: Presentation College, Tuam, Galway

Model: Ciara O’Callaghan

Students: Eimear Fahy, Dervla Brogan

Made from: Floppy disc, VCR Tapes

 

JACC Sports Equipment Prize:

Name: Gach Réalta

School: Presentation College, Tuam, Galway

Model: Aoife Coen

Students: Laura Odea, Shauna McNamara, Laura McTigue

Made from: Football,s gloves, ropes-goal, net laces, football cogs

 

 

Additional Information:

Website: www.boijunkkouture.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/junkkouture

Facebook: www.facebook.com/junkkouture

Email: info@junkkouture.com

 

ENDS

 

For more information please contact Lindsey Holmes Publicity on +353(0)1 4970313 or info@lhpublicity.ie

Notes to editor:

PRIZES:

Overall Winner – The winners’ school receives €2,500 and each member of the team will receive a cash prize of €500 and an iPad mini.

Regional Winners – Trip to the Cannes Film festival in May for the five regional winning teams.

Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize – 2 models will be flown to London for the Royal Film Premiere

LSAD Scholarship Prize – The winner will get a place in the Limerick School of Art and Design and their fees paid for a year.

Griffith College Scholarship Prize – The winner will be granted a place in the BA in (Hons) in Fashion Design in Griffith College, Dublin.

Other Prizes:

Best Hair and Makeup Prize – €200 Blank Canvas Vouchers

Best Performance Prize – €200 Ticketmaster Vouchers

Bank of Ireland Enterprise Award – One4All Vouchers

Most Unusual Material Prize – €200 ASOS Vouchers

Techno Wearables Prize – iPads for each of the team

JACC Sports Equipment Prize – A trip to Toplion (suppliers of Umbro, Converse, New Balance and many more) where they will design their own sports jerseys.

 

 

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