Incorporating elements of environmental sustainability, fashion, art, design, and engineering, Junk Kouture has been challenging post-primary school students across the country to create high-end designs from junk for over ten years.

Today it was announced that entrepreneur and fashion-upcycling enthusiast Roz Purcell will be joining returning judges Louis Walsh and Michelle Visage on the panel along with Junk Kouture alumni success story, former winner and fashion designer, Stephen McLaughlin.

Additionally, Head of Department in Fine Art at LSAD, Dr. Tracey Fahey, and Programme Director for Fashion Design at Griffith College, Jane Leavey, are set to become key members of the technical judging panel.

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No stranger to the catwalk in her own right, Roz is a former model and Miss Universe Ireland winner. The Tipperary woman has previous experience with Junk Kouture as she walked the red carpet for The Royal Film Performance of Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom in London in 2013, wearing a Junk Kouture design made of paper and polystyrene cups.

Speaking on her new role, the Purcell said: "I am delighted to be joining the Junk Kouture judging panel for 2021. Junk Kouture has an important message for us all to protect the planet we call home and to strive for a greener future."

"It's a fantastic opportunity for all young people to get involved and use their imagination, be innovative and creative while sharing that vital message.

"Every year I am blown away by the talent that appears in Junk Kouture, the attention to detail that is given to these designs is incredible and I know we will have our work cut out for us to pick a winner."

"Last year's winners won wearing a dress made from smashed up jam jars and sea glass so I am really excited to see what the students have come up with this year!"

Laura Fox, Roz Purcell and Emma Power

Following Junk Kouture’s impressive television debut on RTÉ2 for the 2020 Grand Final, it was also revealed today that the sustainable programme will once again be joining forces with RTÉ for 2021, hosted by 2FM presenters Laura Fox and Emma Power.

The closing date for applications is 6pm on Friday 7th May, with entries made through the Junk Kouture app, available for Android and iOS.