Three out of the 12 entries from Laois schools who got as far as the Regional final in the Helix on March 5, have made it to the exciting national final of Junk Kouture 2018.
All three are from Scoil Chríost Rí girls secondary school in Portlaoise, and they were jumping for joy this week.
"We are so excited and delighted that three of our school's dresses got through to grand final of Junk Kouture! We can't wait" the girls said.
Their art teacher Jayne Kelly is just as excited.
"I am so so proud of all of my students involved in Junk Kouture this year. The girls were absolutely superb on the catwalk in the Helix. What an amazing opportunity it was for them to experience. The girls were so supportive of each other, friendly and helpful and so wonderful to mentor. It's not about the winning, it's the taking part that counts and they have embraced the whole experience," she said.
In all, 50 of her art students took part in Junk Kouture this year.
"They have achieved so much along the way...confidence, creativity, friendship, team spirit, laughter, emotional moments to name but a few. What an experience it has been so far. They have done themselves and their school proud. To have three creations in the TOP 80 out of 1,533 entries on a national level is a huge achievement for our school and the girls involved," said Ms Kelly.
The three to make it to the final are:
Colour Bomb is by Tammy Wright (model) and Tirna Byrne, a colourful creation made from bedsheets and wool donated from local schools, which has been knitted, plaited, twisted, crocheted and sewn into a couture creation.
Brewed Awakenings is by Sinead Ní Quinn (model), Julia Cahill and Rebecca Finlay, a feathery delight handmade from old net curtains, coffee beans and a feather pillow.
Intertwined is by Jodie-Rose Collins (model), Kate Corrigan and Kalindi Owens. The vintage feel dress is made from recycled eggshells, coffee beans, wool and twine.
In all 12 Laois entries got as far as the exciting Eastern Region final in the Helix.
Unlucky this year were five more entries from Scoil Chríost Rí, two from Mountrath CS, and one each from Heywood CS, Mountmellick CS, Portlaoise College and St Fergal's College.
The national final of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2018 will take place in the 3Arena on April 19.
Eighty entries nationwide will strut on the catwalk in front of celebrity judges, for the chance to win big prizes that can kickstart fashion design careers. See app.junkkouture.com