Cookstown Student Announced As Student Judge

Previous Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture prize winner Jose Varandas will make his judging debut at the Eastern Regional Final in The Helix, Dublin on March 2nd & 3rd 2017 as a student Judge.  Jose is a past pupil of Holy Trinity College, Cookstown and has recently graduated from University of Ulster with a BA Hons in Textile Art, Design and Fashion, in which he hopes to follow up with a Masters.

Jose was a contestant in the 2012 competition with his design ‘ Warrior Night’. It was inspired by Avant Garde and The Lord of the Rings movies, the entire outfit was made from recycled coke cans. The design obviously captured the attention of the judges as he was crowned the northern regional winner.

Jose commented; “I will be interested in designs this year that focus on different manipulation techniques of the materials they choose. I would love to see students step outside the box and use a material that hasn’t been seen in the past. Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a fantastic platform for any creative career, I would really recommend any student in secondary school with a flair for art and design to get involved. Without it I don’t think I would’ve had the confidence to pursue the tough career that the fashion industry entails”

Jose will be part of a strong judging panel of fashion experts including womenswear designer Rhys Ellis, Limerick School of Art and Design’s Tracy Fahey and Griffith College’s Jane Leavey who will help determine the regional finalists that will progress to the extravagant Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Grand Final, in the 3Arena, Dublin in April 2017. Online registration will open on January 9th and close at midnight on January 27th 2017 on