Leading the charge on incredibly glam sustainability, and now in its 10th year, Junk Kouture has been challenging post-primary school students across the country to create high-end designs from junk.

Incorporating elements of environmental sustainability, fashion, art, design, and engineering, Junk Kouture annually showcases aspiring designers aged 12 – 18-years from across Ireland as they rise to the challenge to create wearable fashion - the golden rule being that everything used must be 100% recycled.

Now, the contest is going one step further.

The World Tour
Junk Kouture has announced that it will be expanding globally into a World Tour that spans the world's seven continents between January and August each year and culminates with a World Final at the end of September. 

Beginning in January 2021, the initial season will take place digitally in five new cities: London, Milan, New York City, Paris, and Dubai, before adding further digital shows in Tokyo, Auckland, Sydney, Sao Paolo, Los Angeles, Cape Town, and Singapore in 2022 and then transition back to a full live tour with shows being hosted in some of the most iconic venues around the world as we return to pre-Covid normality.

Next year sixty finalists – ten each from Ireland, the UK, Italy, America, France, and the UAE - will compete in the Global Digital Final. There will be one winner from each territory while one talented designer will be crowned 'Junk Kouture World Designer of the Year’. 

Sign up
This new international element now gives Generation Z worldwide a creative voice they have never had before to drive home the message that the biggest crisis the generation face is our changing climate and finding a sustainable future for our planet.

If you think you have what it takes to reign supreme on the global stage, you can enter as an individual or as a team with a maximum of three members for this exciting digital contest. There is no time like the present to get your thinking cap on and start considering your designs. Follow these simple steps to kickstart your Junk Kouture Digital journey:

Go to the Junk Kouture website to download the handbook which has everything you need to get started:

  • Follow us on our social channels @junkkouture for daily updates and inspiration.
  • Create an Instagram account for your design and document your journey.
  • In November, go to app.junkkouture.com
  • Register as a Junk Kouture Member and join our community!
  • And that’s not our only news… 

This year's event was sadly disrupted by the outbreak of Covid-19 in Ireland and the grand final in the 3Arena postponed in April. Now, the grand final is set to be broadcast from Dublin on the RTÉ Player in a carefully socially-distanced final hosted by RTÉ 2FM presenters Laura Fox and Emma Power.

Our celebrity judges Michelle Visage and Louis Walsh will also be back on hand to help choose the overall winner. 

Louis Walsh spoke to Jenny Greene on RTÉ 2FM about the new date for the Junk Kouture final. You can listen back here:

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