Transition Year student, Ria O’Connor, from Monaghan Collegiate School has been chosen to go through to the Regional Finals of Junk Kouture 2014. This will take place in the Millennium Forum Theatre, Derry on Friday the 7th March 2014 at 7pm. Junk Kouture in association with ERP, the European Recycling Platform, has established itself as the premier fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and aims to promote recycling and creativity. Students across secondary schools in Ireland are invited to rework trash and other used materials and to craft them into remarkable high-end couture fashion.
Ria O’Connor’s dress design features original and imaginative use of recycled materials. Her creative hands have used discarded chicken wire, bubble wrap, sponge and old remnants of hand weaving from a local weaver, Liz Cristy. The bodice is made from plaited bin bags, old linen and ribbon. She has also used striped back telephone wire in the design of the shoes and collar. Her design is inspired by the costume of many queens of the past and tells the story of a girl going from rags to riches through the use of colour and materials used. Ria’s dress is entitled ‘The Lost Queen’ and will be modelled by Nicole McCarron at the regional finals next month.
Monaghan Collegiate School would like to congratulate Ria for her dedication and hard work in creating a fantastic dress and for being chosen to represent the school in this prestigious competition. The school would also like to thank art teacher, David Pollock, for his support and encouragement.
The grand final takes place with the twenty finalists from each region battling it out to be crowned champion and walk away with over €20,000 worth in prizes. This year’s grand final will take place in The Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin. To support Ria and to help her get a place in the grand final vote for her at www.junkkouture.com