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Stunning Laois creation qualifies for Junk Kouture grand final as competition goes global

Junk Kouture Minima Scoil Chriost Ri

The Junk Kouture grand final takes place early next month and one stunning creation from Laois has made it through.

The Junk Kouture Dublin City Final 2022 sees the finalists from post-primary schools across Ireland battle it out in the Bord Gais Energy Theater on May 5.

There were thousands of entries this year and they have been whittled down to just 60 – with a creation from Scoil Chriost Ri flying the flag for Laois.

Alison Dalton (Ratheniska), Emma Tuohy (Vicarstown) and Orlaith McNamara (Timahoe) created ‘Minima’.

This translates to ‘tiny’ in Latin and the outfit is made up of over 100,000 tiny styrofoam beads.

The dress was inspired by the trio’s favourite designer, Zac Posen, and how he celebrates femininity and elegance in his work.

Minima will be up against 60 others and the competition will be decided solely this year by the judges.

Entrepreneur Roz Purcell, fashion designer Stephen McLoughlin, single Soulé and band manager Louis Walsh are on the panel.

In a new twist this year, the competition has gone global as its popularity has soared.

So, the top 10 designs from the Dublin City Final, will be selected by the Junk Kouture judging panel for the World Final.

Once here, they will compete with 50 other designs from Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Milan and New York City.

The Junk Kouture competition aims to unleash the creative brilliance of young people, challenging them to create and model high-end couture from everyday junk.

All materials must be recycled or repurposed and new materials are prohibited.

Best of luck Alison, Emma and Orlaith!

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.