Femi Akinrinde is a 19-year-old past student of Malahide Community School, Dublin, and is currently in her second year of studying a BA Honours in Fashion Design at Limerick School of Art and Design.
Femi has competed in the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition twice previously – in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, she was chosen as the Bank of Ireland Glamour prize winner with her design ’Lost in Translation’. Femi made the dress along with her friend Tara Collins from old books and dictionaries – they got the inspiration from the Victorian era of elegance and detail. The entire dress was covered in decorative quilled pages that were dipped in varnish to give it a vintage golden colour.
Winning the glamour prize meant that Femi got to travel to London to attend and walk the red carpet at the Royal Film Premiere of ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Femi says, “It was an amazing opportunity that I’ll never forget it.”
Femi commented, “This competition was the reason why I chose to pursue fashion at 3rd level, it gave me the confidence and push I needed to apply to LSAD. I would defiantly encourage any student that is interested in art and design to compete in Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture as it’s a fun and exciting way to show off your creativity and make something you can be really proud of. As this year’s southern regional student Judge I will be looking out for designs that use material in new and innovative ways through manipulation and smart a design. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!”