01 Dec 2021

Junk Kouture named Best Event in Ireland

Donegal founders

Junk Kouture named Best Event in Ireland

Troy Armour, Elizabeth Curran, Sara Curran and Ciara Armstrong of Junk Kouture

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture, the competition in which secondary school students design high fashion outfits from recycled materials, won both Best Live Event and Best Overall Event at this year's prestigious Event Industry Awards in Dublin.

The competition was started by Troy Armour and Elizabeth Curran (second from left) who are both from Buncrana.

In just six years, it's grown from humble beginnings at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, to selling out the 3Arena and gracing the red carpet at both Royal Film Premieres in London and the Cannes Film Festival. JK is now taking off at schools across the UK as well.

Pictured with Troy and Elizabeth are Sara Ryan and Ciara Armstrong, also of JK.

Elizabeth said, “After six years of hard work and watching the competition grow, we are overwhelmed to win this prestigious prize.

“We’re already looking forward to making Junk Kouture 2017 even bigger and better, growing on last year but we wouldn’t be able to do it without the fantastic work from our team who have made Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture what it is, so a huge thanks to them.

“And of course, last but most certainly not least, thanks to all the teachers, schools, parents and teachers who made the show everything it is, a huge thank you to all of you. Bring on 2017!”

This year's winners pictured at the Final in the 3Arena

Pictured above: this year's winners at the Final in the 3Arena.

Laura Lynch, Head of Youth Banking at Bank of Ireland added, “We are thrilled and honoured to receive this Award for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2016.

“ In addition to inspiring students to channel their passions and creative ability, the competition offers students who get involved a life changing experience.

“We’ve worked closely with the Junk Kouture team to develop and grow the competition regionally and nationally since 2012, so it is fantastic to gain this recognition for our continued commitment to supporting today’s youth.”

Entries for this year's competition will open in September.

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