Below is a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions:

We are entering the 2019 competition and this is our first time entering so I know that registration isn’t until January but I was wondering do we need to do anything before that?

All you have to do between now and registration is plan and make your design – remember to include accessories!

If you are a brand new school who hasn’t entered the competition before, you are very lucky as for first time entrants we facilitate special workshops where a JK representative will come to your school and go through everything you need to know about the competition.

Do you have to enter the competition through your school or can you just register on your own with your friends?

You must enter the competition and register through your school. You also must include your teacher due to our child protection policy. All team members involved in the design must also be from the same secondary school.

Why is the closing date at the end of January?

This is to ensure enough time for judging, to contact successful applicants and to leave enough time for schools to organise transportation and performances for the regional shows.

During registration which photos are used for online voting?

Photos 1 is used for voting. These should be the photos that show the design off best.

Will teachers be asked for Garda vetting forms and teachers ID?

Yes, under new guidelines all teachers and chaperones must send in their clearance forms and ID’s prior to the regional and grand final.

What needs to be uploaded during registration?

  • All team member names and contact details
  • teacher’s name and contact details
  • photos of design
  • music that will be used for catwalk performance
  • description of design
  • list of materials used in the design and where you sourced them.
  • Teachers garda vetting document and teacher council ID

When will tickets for the regional shows be on sale?

Tickets for all regional finals will go on sale at 9am on Monday the 18th of February 2019. Please note that we have no control over ticket sales, and they are sold on a first come first serve basis from the theatres independently. Only the team members excluding the model and the teacher will receive a free ticket from Junk Kouture.

When will tickets for the grand final be on sale?


Why are allocated tickets not given to each school?

Tickets for the shows are sold solely by the theatres or Ticketmaster therefore we have no control over allocation.

How are tickets allocated to teams?

The number of team members entered during registration will determine how many tickets are granted. If only one name is entered you will not receive any ticket as it is assumed that this is the name of model and he/she will be on stage and therefore not in the audience. If you enter two names you will receive one ticket and so on. A maximum of two tickets are available for each team. There are no exceptions. The teacher whose name is entered during registration will also receive a ticket.

Why do the regional shows take place in the evening rather than the afternoon?

As the shows are held midweek a later start date ensures that working parents can attend the shows

Why are the regional shows held in March?

Consultation with teachers has found that this month suits the majority of school timetables

Why are the regional shows in these particular venues?

The shows are held in these venues for travel convenience and seating capacity.

Where is the grand final held?

The grand final will be held in the 3 Arena, Dublin on 2nd May 2019

Why is the grand final held at this time of the year?

Consultation with teachers has found that this month suits the majority of school timetables

Why are tickets for the grand final this price?

The price of the tickets reflect the production, venue and organisation of such a show.

What do the students do during downtime on the day of their final?

It may seem like a lot of hanging around but the day goes very quickly. Last year during the grand final a bean bag chill out room containing game stations was organised for students but none of them had time to use it because they had too many preparations to do before the show!

How is the running order for the shows determined?

The music that is chosen to compliment the performance determines where the dress is placed in the show. The playlist of the show must flow and each song must compliment the one that came before it.

Are teachers allowed into the auditorium to see the rehearsal?

No, the event staff will be preparing the seating area at this time.

Are there separate male/ female holding areas back stage?

No, many teams are made up of both male and female students. Students should use bathroom facilities to change in privacy.

Is there a room for teachers to socialise privately away from students?

Unfortunately, there isn’t due to the limited space within the theatres. However, all teachers are invited to a VIP reception before the show begins.

Are certificates given to every student to award participation?

Yes, all students that compete in either the regional or final shows will be awarded a certificate.

What length is the catwalk?

The catwalk in each theatre is a different length. However models should be aware that they could be performing on a catwalk that is 1 meter above the audience and therefore 10 points will be deducted if appropriate undergarments aren’t worn.

Why is there online voting?

To acknowledge the hard work and creativity of the students and their creation, but most importantly to create awareness and highlight the importance of reusing and recycling through social media.

Is voting not unfair on smaller schools?

Designs from smaller towns have statistically achieved the most votes over the last few years, this may be down to better community spirit.

Can you see how many votes you have got?

This year your votes will be tallied up instantly and displayed.

What percentage does voting make up in your final score?


What is the voting used for?

Results from voting will make up 10% of the designs overall mark and may be used in a tie break situation.

Will votes be used as a tie breaker?

Yes, if the situation arises we will revert to the public vote to decide.

Do judges inspect the designs up close?

Yes, before each regional show begins each judge will personally inspect each design to see special details, materials used and talk to the designers.

Why do the models have to put on a performance?

We are putting on a show and therefore performance is essential.

Can teacher and team members go back stage during the show?

No, all team members and teachers will have to leave backstage at 6pm to allow the production team to prepare the models to perform on stage. Once the show is over the team and teacher can go backstage to help the model change and clean up. No family members or friends will be allowed backstage at any time, only those with the appropriate accreditation will be given access.

Can we use a second hand dress as our base layer, can we use glitter and paint? /  Are you allowed to cut up and reuse old clothes and shoes for your Junk Kouture entry or does it all have to be recyclables like cartons and paper?

Of course, you can use any old clothing and shoes in your design, as long as they’re no longer in use. You can also use new materials such as glue, staples, paint, glitter etc, to put your design together and manipulate the main recycled materials in your design.

Can we have 3 team members involved and a separate model?    

Unfortunately due to limited space backstage at the shows, the model must be included in the 3 members.

Can I use smoke machines and specified lighting for my performance?

No, we have a professional company who look after all lightimg and effects and alter it for each design on stage. No special requests will be given.