Eighty secondary school students sporting their stunning couture designs fashioned from junk stormed the stage at the 3Arena Dublin tonight, competing at the Grand Finale of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture. After months of preparations the talented teenagers strutted the catwalk with their carefully choreographed routine in the hope of impressing the judges in front of thousands of screaming fans in Ireland’s largest indoor venue.
After months of preparation and planning, there were tears of joy in the 3Arena tonight as Cinematicwas crowned the winner of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2019 at the ninth annual final.
Cinematic from Phobalscoil Chorca in Dingle was modelled and designed by Maxim O’Sullivan and made from VHS tapes, DVDs and old keyboards from his parent’s cinema, Phoenix Cinema, along with a broken yoga block, some ripped tights, foam, Velcro and a pair of old shoes. The winning school receives a cash prize of €2,500 and each team will receive a cash prize of €500 and a mini iPad.
Cinematic surpassed all expectations and blew the star studded judging panel away which was made up of radio presenter, comedian and social media personality Doireann Garrihy, former X Factor and Ireland’s Got Talent judge Louis Walsh, together with fashion educator and experts Dr. Tracey Fahey LIT and Jane Leavey Griffith College alongside former winner LSAD graduate Stephen McLaughlin. The judges had the unenviable task of choosing the overall winner of 2019 Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture along with judging several other categories.
The five regional winners were Wicked Westwood for the North, The Truth Lies Within for the East, Me Granny got it in Guineys for Dublin, Attire for the West and Cinematic for the South. And the two Bank of Ireland Glamour prizes went to Roll Model and Acero.
Each of the 80 finalists pulled out all the stops, putting on a dazzling show in the country’s largest indoor venue before thousands of screaming fans who were entertained by Ireland’s latest singing sensation Flynn, The X Factor contestant Brendan Murray and Derry/Tyrone duo Two Degrees.
Troy Armour the creator behind Ireland Junk Kouture revealed: “I am very proud to be involved in one of Ireland’s most prestigious secondary schools competition. Each year more and more schools are entering which brings a new wave of creativity and fresh talent to Junk Kouture, this year the standard was phenomenal, making it our strongest and most competitive yet, I cannot wait to see what next year will bring’’.