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Louis Walsh urges north east fashionistas to join Junk Kouture

Louis Walsh urges north east fashionistas to join Junk Kouture

Recycling is everywhere these days, so why not in the fashion world?

That's the message which The X Factor judge, Louis Walsh, is giving to youngsters as he gets behind Junk Kouture.

And he was joined by last year’s Irish winners, Rebecca Breslin, Aideen Rafferty, Siobhan Buggy and Sarah Cox, to officially launch this year’s extravaganza.

In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, this is a fashion competition with a trashy twist.

Secondary school pupils are being encouraged to recycle their rubbish into wearable, couture-style designs for the chance to be crowned winner of Junk Kouture Scotland 2016.

This year’s event will see Louis take a seat on the Junk Kouture panel to preside over the brand new "Best Performance" category at the Grand Final at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.

  (Stripe Communications)
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The competition is open to all secondary school aged children across Scotland and Junk Kouture has already seen high levels of interest from schools throughout the country.

Pupils are being challenged to get creative with junk that would otherwise be thrown out and fashion couture style designs.

Sallina Sheikh, Flori Hanley and Ola Skowyra from Hillhead High School in Glasgow were crowned the first ever Scottish junk queens earlier this year after fierce competition on the catwalk from young designers across Scotland which saw everything from McDonald’s wrappers, IRN-BRU cans and melted crayons take to the stage.

£1,000 cash and red carpet tickets for a London Film Premiere are just two of the prizes to be won in this year’s competition in a bid to encourage wannabe designers to get their glue guns at the ready.

  (Stripe Communications)
via STV via STV

Louis Walsh said: “I can’t wait to see what Aberdeenshire’s budding designers bring to the stage.

"And I am very much looking forward to seeing them walk it off in style at the Grand Final in February.”

The idea's founder, Elizabeth Curran, added: “We were totally blown away by the level of creativity in last year’s designs and can’t wait to see what this year brings.

"We really want to encourage students to think about what they’re throwing in the bin and it’s inspiring to see how Scottish students translate their rubbish into stylish Junk Kouture designs.”

Already a major success in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Junk Kouture inspires young fashion designers to come up with spectacular creations, while at the same time reinforcing the importance of recycling.

Further information is available here and you can follow the event on Twitter.

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