Meet the ‘Wild Atlantic Woman! Castleisland Community College is a biteen inland in terms of the Wild Atlantic Way and that’s the reality. Reality, however, is only for those who lack imagination.
On that basis, the CCC students and their art teacher, Pia Thornton entred the Bank of Ireland Junk Couture 2016 competition in response to a challenge to create a wearable couture design from recycled objects. There are three members of the design team along with their teacher.
Labhaoise Walmsley is the model with designers, Kayla Whooley and Brian Lonergan.
“I’m delighted for the students involved. A lot of hard work went into their design and this is reflected by the detail and breathtaking beauty of our fashion piece. I feel Labhaoise really captures the essence of the Wild Atlantic Way.
“They are now through to the semi-finals in Limerick on the March 11th. We are one of only two schools in Kerry to qualify for the semi-finals and the other school is St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Ballybunion,” said Ms. Thornton.
The successful semi-finalists must choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of four regional semi-finals held in centres across the country.
Glamorous Grand Final
The chosen model has 90 seconds to impress the judging panel on the catwalk and, if successful, he/ she will be one of the twenty designs progressing to the glamorous grand final of the competition.
“I am really excited about the semi-finals and getting all dressed up again. Its been great fun so far,” said model Labhaoise.
Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.
Inspire and Ignite
It aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste.
Over the last five years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland. See more about this soon-to-be-craze on: http://www.junkkouture.com