No less than seven stunning Junk Kouture designs have been selected from Laois schools this year to advance to semi-final stage.
Two of the outfits, which must be wearable fashion made from junk, were created by Transition year students from Mountmellick Community School, a triumph as it is the first ever time the school entered.
Five more are by Scoil Chriost Rí students in Portlaoise, with the school holding an impressive record in the competition, with eight dresses in the semi-final last year, five going into the final.
Mags Foynes is Home Economic teacher in Mountmellick CS, and with Ms Lennon, led the project in the school.
“Six enthusiastic teams worked hard and created unusual and imaginative outfits. Out of 1100 applicants , the school is proud and excited to have two teams through to the regional finals in Limerick on March 11,” she said.
'Quirky Quaker' is a creation inspired by Quakers and Mountmellick embroidery, by the team of Chloe Dent, Caoimhe Foynes and Robyn Donohue. They sewed can tabs, crocheted plastic bags and reused embroidery pieces left in the school.
'Capture the Light, iInspired by shiny reflective materials was made by the team of Emma Coss and Aine Moore and 5th year student Alison Dooley,
The five Scoil Chriost Rí entries are titled Unwrapped (Rebecca O’ Brien, Jade Mc Evoy, Ava Caprani) , Top of the Pops (Sorcha Mathews, Kate Deegan), Spectacu-Colour (Emma Dowling, Jessica Langton, Eva Booth), ArtPop (Jennifer Whelan, Aoife Carroll) and Metamorphosis.
Metamorphosis was made by Emma Fitzpatrick and Kate McDonald, from materials including a tree branch and over 1,000 buttons.
“It is inspired by Dali , merging the four elements. We spent every Saturday since September making it, it was really fun but hard work,” said Emma.
“We are absolutely delighted to make it to the semi final, it was a tense wait. I am nervous about modelling but we can't wait,” she said.
Daily public votes make up 10 percent of judge's decisions, see 'BOI students' on facebook, until February 29.