Click through the gallery above to see the South Junk Kouture Wild Card: Open Book. This design was created by Maya Silasi from Villiers College North Circular Road, Co. Limerick.


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: Open Book

"The roses made out of used books, symbolizes that even if something is old and used, there can still be growth and development and from knowledge and books comes personal growth and development."

"I wanted to keep the original colour of paper because I didn't wanted to symbolize that natural thing don’t need to be covered up and masked. Every rose is made by hand."

"I used old and used books for the roses and for a layer on the skirt and top. For the skirt I used an old sheet and covered it in paper and then glued roses on top. Some of the roses on the top are burned with a lighter to differentiate them from the bottom and to add more texture. The whole dress took about 10 to 12 weeks in total."