Four outfits from Clonmel school reach national Junk Kouture final

Junk Kouture

Caelainn McGrath models Bright and Bootiful, one of four Presentation school, Clonmel entries in the Junk Kouture Grand Final.

Six creative outfits represented the Presentation Secondary school, Clonmel students at the Southern Regional Final of the recycled fashion competition Junk Kouture at the University Concert Hall in Limerick. 

Junk Kouture encourages second level students across the country to create eccentric outfits using only recycled material.

Amazingly four of the school's six entries qualified for the All-Ireland final, which takes place at the 3Arena in Dublin on Thursday April 19. 

Congratulations to the girls on their achievements and their teachers Ms Murphy and Mairead Fennell.

‘Bright and Bootiful’ is designed by Cailin Napier, Ella Traas, Caelainn McGrath and is modelled by Caelainn McGrath.

Its concept is based on the soccer World Cup that will be held  in Russia this summer. Materials such as football boots, insoles, laces, football gloves and astro turf grass were used to manufacture the costume.

The various colours represent the different nations coming together to celebrate their love of sport.

‘Expressivo’ is designed by Sarah Ni Cheallaigh and Alanna Gilbert and modelled by Alanna Gilbert (above). 

Its concept is about expressing yourself. Inspired by suicide awareness, the inside parts of a piano were used to relay the message that it is what is inside that counts, not the outside. The girls used the musical term ‘Expressivo’ for the name of their costume.

‘Bellatrix’ is designed by Saoirse Ryan, Claire Nagle, Lauren Cooney and modelled by Lauren Cooney (above).

Their concept is based on Gender Equality. Washing clothes lines and dolly pegs were used in creating the outfit. They used pink and blue clothes line colours to show that both colours should be equal.

‘Dea Di Allumino’ is designed by Lauren Moriarty, Rachel Dorney and modelled by Aoife Walsh (below).


Their concept is about giving women strength and courage to face a bright future by staying together in unity. The costume is made from 10,000 ring tabs from Coke cans.

Voting for the costumes coninues online at until this Friday, April 6th.

You may vote for all four costumes, and the students are wished the best of luck.

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