Romy is a past pupil of Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone and is currently in her second year of studying Architecture at the Dublin School of Architecture. Romy has a passion for creativity, and has always wanted to pursue a career in design. She credits studying art and design throughout school and her involvement in Junk Kouture for inspiring this career choice.
Romy competed in the 2013 competition, along with her two friends Grace Fitzpatrick and Emily Mannion, they created ‘Banana Belle’ – a dress made completely out of dried banana skins and copper wire. The dress was inspired by the girl’s desire to not only use a recyclable material but one that was biodegradable. Their main aim was to make the material something that could be wearable. They used different methods such as crocheting, weaving and stitching to achieve the end result. “Banana Belle” came in 2nd place in the Western Region of the competition, and won the Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize – which saw Romy walk the red carpet at the premiere of Nelson Mandela’s “A Long Walk to Freedom” in Leicester Square, London.
As a student judge in this year’s competition Romy says “I am incredibly excited to be on the judging panel at this year’s Northern Regional Final. I will be looking out for those who have taken a risk in choosing their material and also how they worked with their chosen material. The designs that will really stand out to me will be those who enjoy themselves whilst performing on stage – Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a competition, but it is not all about winning, it’s about having fun and showing off your creativity in the best way you know how. I would highly recommend participating in Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture to any secondary school student, it was one of the best memories I have from school and it’s a great way to harness your creativity and use it in a fun and memorable way”