Recycling at its best – Junk Kouture

Who says that fashion is all about expensive fabrics and designer labels? The beauty of a show-stopping piece of clothing lies in the creativity of the design, and what better a way to celebrate this than with the all-Ireland Junk Kouture competition?

If you aren’t familiar with this design and recycling competition, for students in secondary education, you are missing out. Challenging students to create a high fashion design using only everyday items, which would otherwise be disposed of, Junk Kouture pushes its competitors to the very limit.

And if all of this sounds like your cup of tea, it is definitely time to get your thinking cap on. The deadline for this year’s competition has been announced as Friday February 7; but in a bid to get your creative juices flowing, former Miss Northern Ireland Tiffany Brien has teamed up with local designer Julia Sokele to design their very own Junk Kouture dress. You may not believe it, but the dress, titled ‘Achromatic’ has been designed entirely from recycled plastic spoons and paper plates and will compete in the northern final on March 9. This is what you are up against, can you rise to the challenge? Visit for more information

Sadly my talents don’t lie in design, but this seems like the perfect time for me to show you some of my favourite pieces from the 2013 competition, when some Junk Kouture entrants took to the Belfast Fashion Week catwalk to strut their stuff.

Enjoy! xx

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