Click through the gallery above to see the South East Junk Kouture Wild Card: Rage of the Plague. This design was created by Cian Ó hIfearnáin, Zoe Wright and Ellen Murphy Killane from Meánscoil Gharman Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.


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 South East: Rage of the Plague

"This is a three piece, hand tailored, gender neutral suit. The suit incorporates elements of Middle Age medicine and modern runway fashion. The skills we used were crafting, sewing, tailoring, pattern making, painting, diy, woodworking, and teamwork."

"Single use waste, medical products and catwalk fashion inspired our piece. Gender norms in our society, the colours and the shapes that we associate with them were integral in our design."

"The materials we used were unused discarded medical scrubs, old cardboard, thread, a wood stick and paint. We used a steamer to flatten out the scrubs before making the patterns and sewing them together."