Click through the gallery above to see the West Junk Kouture Wild Card: Re'jenner'ate. This costume was created by students Alex Fitzpatrick and Eva Glynn from Our Lady’s Bower Secondary School Athlone, Co. Westmeath.


Junk Kouture Powered by RTÉ is not only about sustainability and great design. It's about the people who take part, the inspiration behind the designs and being empowered through creativity.

60 haute-couture designs made from 100% recycled materials created and modelled by talented post-primary students took part in the Dublin City Final of Junk Kouture as seen on RTÉ 2 and RTÉ Player on 19 May.

Nine creations by young designers aged 13 -18 years from around the country were chosen by the Junk Kouture judges Louis Walsh, Roz Purcell, Soulé and Stephen McLaughlin to move forward as finalists in the Junk Kouture World Final happening later this year.

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Introducing the RTÉ Wild Card - where you get to vote for one more design to become the tenth Irish finalist in the Junk Kouture World Final taking place later this year.

The Junk Kouture judges have shortlisted five wild cards below from five regions, each with its own inspiration and story.

Find out the story behind the designs and cast your vote on rte.ie/junkkouture

Voting closes on Thursday, June 2 at midnight. Once the votes have been calculated, the winner will be announced live on Tracy Clifford Show in early June. Stay tuned!

Junk Kouture Wild Card West: Re'jenner'ate

"Techniques such as weaving, sewing and fraying were used. The inspiration came from Kendall Jenner's 2019 Met Gala look, while other inspiration consisted of climate change and fast fashion which are topics in which the team are extremely passionate about."

"The theme is the fashion industry and independent women. When making the dress the students chose the material, baling twine, and began researching looks they thought were elegant and inspiring finding that the completed design fitted the vision – creating a stunning elegant gown."

"Bailing twine was twine. The team found themselves using many interesting techniques throughout the process and had to weave the braid using a wooden rod (that was a leg of a stool). Once removed they looped a piece of twine through it to hold in place and grouped in 10s."

"When using them, they untied the long twine and cut them individually and retied until we had sewn across the top using the baling twine."