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Junk Kouture darling…

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Junk Kouture darling…

While all eyes were on the Met Gala last month, Wednesday 10th May, was the turn of 30 up-and-coming eco-conscious creators and fashion designers at the London City Final as part of Junk Kouture’s Festival of Finals on their YouTube channel.  

Following much anticipation, last night Monday, 15th May, set the precedence for an exciting global showdown at the upcoming Junk Kouture World Final on October 12 at the OVO Arena Wembley, London. The top ten London haute-couture designs made from 100% recycled materials and their student design teams were announced live on TikTok last night as they were chosen by a panel of esteemed Junk Kouture judges.

Junk Kouture judge, UK Broadcaster and Author Mehreen Baig:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been a part of the Junk Kouture judging panel for the London City Final once again. It’s been such a privilege to witness these young designers’ creative self-expression and commitment to sustainability and ethical fashion practices. The way they expressed themselves through their innovative designs that combine sustainability, creativity and style, was truly inspiring. I am excited to see their designs come to life and cheer them on at the Junk Kouture World Final in London.”

The panel consisted of UK Broadcaster and Author Mehreen Baig, technical judge Jane Leavey, the programme director for fashion design at Griffith College and student judge Maxim O’Sullivan, 2019 Overall Winner of Junk Kouture and fashion design student at Central St Martins, London. Each of the 10 designs showcased unique and innovative features setting them apart from the rest and will go on to represent the UK at the Junk Kouture World Final in London’s iconic concert and event venue, OVO Arena Wembley. An event that promises to be a spectacular showcase of youth creativity, innovation, and sustainability.

The 10 designs from London will compete against 50 other designs, 10 from each of Junk Kouture’s other city final winners in New York, Paris, Milan, Dublin, and Abu Dhabi. At the World Final, there will be six individual City Designer Awards for each location plus the coveted title of Junk Kouture World Designer of the Year! Other prizes up for grabs on the day include the Glamour Award, Wearable Art Award, Innovation Award and Performance Award. An unforgettable evening awaits, featuring creativity, exceptional performances, live music from special guests and a cheering crowd of supporters, who have traveled from various parts of the world to attend the event. The event will celebrate young individuals and the circular engineers of tomorrow.

 World Final of Junk Kouture in the OVO Arena, Wembley in London takes place this October.

In no particular order, the ten designs from London heading for the World Final are:

  • Candy Cupcake by Leila Langdon and Zara Khaler Wheatley of Chesham Grammar School, made from cardboard, an old hula hoop, mattress protector, loofahs, sweet wrappers and tissue paper.
  • Dulce Et Decorum Est by Sofia Fleming, Federica Peebles and Fraser Sherriff of Grove Academy, made from trampoline net, hula hoop, curtains, curtain pole and recycled Christmas decorations.
  • Media’s Jiometori by Anaya Kogi and Lorenza Nimmo of Jersey College for Girls, made from canvas bell tent, scrap pieces of t-shirt jersey, organza and tulle.
  • Wishing on A Ribbon by Livi Dawson and Clementine Dawson of Bethany School, made from ribbons, an old bedsheet, old wool and charity shop DVDs.
  • End of an era by Hannah Pugh, Chiedza Makuto and Carys Clutterbuck of Marling School, made from 1,323 green milk bottle caps and 137 clear bottle caps.
  • Woven by Ava Haggerty of Cleveden Secondary School, made from 50 recycled plastic bags.
  • Clockmaker by Lydia Tucker and Natalie McQueen of St John Plessington Catholic College, made from old shoelaces, old jeans, bedding, and the inside of a black out blind.
  • Metamorphosis by Annabel Furlong of Uckfield College, made from plastic bottles, shoelaces, an old curtain, a skirt, wire, beads, craft gems and wooden butterflies.
  • Miss Representation by Babi Banjoko of Ercall Wood Academy, made from cardboard, recycled magazines, disposable clay aprons and windshield wipers.
  • Pistachio Punk by Sophie Winters of Holyrood High School, made from pistachio shells, vest top, crisp packets, newspaper and tinfoil.

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