Congrats on the great job everyone! Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2018 was amazing!

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland 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. Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 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 seven years, Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland and in 2015 extended it’s creative platform to Scotland.

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The competition is launched annually in September with information packs being sent to all secondary schools across the country. Students are challenged to create a wearable couture design and submit the photos of their finished outfit online. Registration will open on the 7th of January 2019, and will close on January 21st 2019. A maximum of three students can work on a single design. The rules stipulate that designs must be made from reworked trash or other used materials that are beyond their intended purpose.

The next step involves the judges whittling the submitted designs down to just 400 (with 80 getting through from the north, south, west, east and Dublin). The successful designs (regional finalists) will be announced on the 7th of February at 7:00pm via the BOI Students Facebook page, and subsequently the students must choreograph a performance to showcase their outfit on the catwalk in one of five regional semi-finals held in theatres across the country (See venue details for more information). The chosen model has 60 seconds to impress the judging panel on the catwalk and if successful he/ she will be one of the 16 designs progressing to the glamorous grand final on the 2nd of May 2019 held in the 3Arena Dublin.

2018 Judges

Pippa O’Connor

Louis Walsh

Tracy Fahey

Stephen Mc Laughlin

Jane Leavey

Student Judges 2018

Adelina Hmelevska
Ruth Gallagher
EmmaRose Callaghan
Meabh O’Hanrahan
Niall Kelly


Winning School

€2,500 cash
Junk Kouture Trophy

Winning Team

iPad Minis for the winning team and teacher
€500 cash
Junk Kouture Trophy

Regional Winners

The 5 regional winning teams and their teacher will win a trip to Cannes Film Festival in May.

Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize (Model Prize)

2 dresses/outfits and their models will be chosen to attend the The Royal Film Premiere in London (subject to the limited number of invites from the Royal Film Premiere, this prize is for the model only)

Other Awards / Prizes

LSAD Scholarship
(terms and conditions apply)
Griffith College Scholarship
(terms and conditions apply)
Best Hair and Makeup Prize
Best Performance Prize
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Award
Most Unusual Material Prize
Techno Wearables Prize

JACC Sports Equipment Prize


Reuse | Recycle | Refashion

Our Proud Sponsor

Junk Kouture is an important part of a range of fun and engaging inititatives supported by Bank of Ireland to provide a positive approach to developing students understanding of relevant issues to them – everything from teamwork, personal responsibility and striving for achievement.


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