Junk Kouture outfits made by Irish students caused a stir in the US, where they were inspired by a TV report and during a halftime show at an NBA basketball game this month -this !
For the past 11 years, Junk Kouture has encouraged Irish students to create eye-catching fashion from discarded items. It is now expanding to other countries and this month received an Ocean Hero Award at the Footprint Sustainability Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.
The award caught the attention of a local Fox News television crew in Arizona, and its reporter Danielle Miller ran a story about the Irish students’ creations.
Katie Brill, wife of Athlone and former Our Lady’s Bower student, works in PR and communications with Junk Kouture and was his spokesperson in the local report, which you can watch here:
The report featured three impressive outfits, including ‘Memory Lane’, which was made from old camera film by Emma Beatty and Katie Murphy O’Connor of Sacred Heart School in Tullamore.
There was even more excitement when nine Junk Kouture creations then appeared on the halftime show of the NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks in Phoenix last Friday, February 11.
Designs modeled for the game included Attire, an outfit made from bicycle tubes by Moate Community School students Michelle Corcoran and Elvira Browne. ‘Fight the Flame’, made from fire hoses by Sacred Heart, Tullamore, students Roisin Dunne, Kate Healy and Áine Lynch were also featured at the basketball game.
“We were thrilled to win our first global award, the Ocean Hero Award at the Footprint Sustainability Summit in Phoenix, Arizona,” said Katie Brill.
“It was so exciting to bring Irish creations to America to showcase the great talent involved in Junk Kouture – which was then seen by Fox 10 viewers in Phoenix and everyone at the top as well!”
Closer to home, entries for the 2022 competition in Ireland have closed and students are now putting the finishing touches on their designs as they wait to find out if they qualify for the regional finals of the Irish competition which will take place in the coming weeks. .