Junk Kouture have revealed the 2021 wildcard winners for 2021, with the five final spaces being awarded to one team from each of the five regions.

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.

Earlier this week, judges Louis Walsh, Michelle Visage and Roz Purcell decided on the 35 winning designs that will compete in the Grand Final later this year - you can see them here.

For those who did not qualify, however, all was not lost as a small selection of young designers were set to be chosen to represent their school at the Grand Final with the RTÉ Junk Kouture Wildcard selection.

Speaking on the selection, Judge Louis Walsh said: "We were blown away by the talent in this year's Junk Kouture so it was really hard to choose just five RTÉ Wildcards. Well done to everyone who entered Junk Kouture 2021 – you made our job so difficult on the judging panel!"

Check out the 2021 Junk Kouture Wildcard winners below.

From the South-East Region
Better Red than Dead by Jennifer Murphy and Maisie Adams from Gorey Community School, Co. Wexford.

Galloping into the grand final is this design created using hundreds of rosettes which have been gathered from equestrian competitions. This is a look that would certainly turn heads on Ladies' Day with a headpiece made using the wire framework from a discarded lampshade.

From the North Region
Floraison by Niamh Diver Hall, Carndonagh Community School, Co. Donegal.

This regal look is a representation of the arts community during Covid-19 and how artists and writers have had to overcome many obstacles. Made from old music sheets, butterflies in the design symbolise the emergence from cocooning, while paper flowers show growth during these difficult times.

From the South Region
Toxicity by Aaron Ganly and Gemma Liddy from Kinsale Community School, Co. Cork.

Inspired by Harry Styles, the designers wanted their creation to confront toxic masculinity. They linked the themes of reckless fashion waste disposal and society rejecting people who break gender norms. The creation is all about taking a stand against these issues as well as promoting the upcycling of clothes, with the outfit made from old bed sheets and pillowcases adorned with old jewellery.

From the West Region
Faux Show by Lucy O'Brien and Ellie Flanagan from Sacred Heart Catholic School, Co. Offaly.

Faux Show is all about drawing attention to the carbon footprint made by the meat industry. As leather is a by-product of this, the designers wanted to highlight that leather production has high environmental costs. The outfit intends to give a new lease of life to second-hand faux leather, collected from friends and family members and charity shops, instead of it being disposed of and to show that you can reduce, reuse and recycle your faux leather for a fraction of the cost.

From the East Region
Draconic Defender by Aoibhe Hegarty, Giulia Simonato and Zosia Gozdzik from Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

This design was inspired by the concept of a Medieval warrior that defended fantastical creatures rather than persecuting them. Elements of the by-gone era of knights wearing armour, fiery dragons and all mythical creatures are all featured in the design, with plastic waste products manipulated by heat to culminate in this striking outfit.