Click through the gallery above to see the East Junk Kouture Wild Card: Ex Static. This design was created by Zuzanna Cieslewicz and Cara Weber from Old Bawn Community School, Tallaght, Co. Dublin.


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 East: Ex Static

"My design is inspired by a tech-gothic style. The shiny plastics, black garbage bags and wires reminded me of old, broken or abandoned tech, so I decided for my headpiece to be an old tv. I added gothic style features for detailing and as I thought the black colour would suit the "trash" part of my outfit."

"My design is made from plastic trash bags, grocery store fruit bags, old insulation foam cardboard, old tape and string. I used different crochet techniques for detail pieces, crocheting the gloves and corset accessories. I used the double crochet and slip stich techniques in my design.

"I used the spare wires we had in school and wire scraps from my personal art projects to not be wasteful. I also decided to use household items to limit waste."