Butterfly Effect and The Truth Lies Within
Two beautiful Laois creations have made it through to the national final of the Junk Kouture fashion design competition.
The unique and innovative dresses, made using a variety of materials have stood out from the crowd to make it all the way to the final in the 3Arena on May 2.
Designs from Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise and Mountrath Community School have been chosen to represent the county on the national stage out of hundreds of entries.
The Truth Lies Within is the beautiful knit creation from Grace Kearney who is also the model, Rachael Lewis and Amy Doyle and their art teacher Jayne Kelly in Scoil Chríost Rí.
Their dress focuses on presenting the front of the dress as a simple yet elegant piece, hand knitted from different twines, adding texture and colour, plaited wool and crocheted flowers.
The dark black pattern of leather with black flowers on the back illustrates the stories in which are not the prettiest or the happiest but the story in which is part of who we are.
Butterfly Effect was created by Roisín Scully, Orla Brinkley and Fianna Byrne (model), students of art teacher Therese McGrath at Mountrath Community School.
The gorgeous outfit is made from newspaper and scrap farm wire, symbolises the delicacy of mental health and how one small occurrence can have a huge knock-on effect. It also highlights awareness of suicide reporting and its devastating effect on families.
Voting has opened for five days on the Junk Kouture website and app. Once you have registered and verified yourself as an official voter you can vote for your favourite design once every day. There will be additional opportunities to vote this Friday, known as ‘Super Friday’.
The online voting accounts for 10% of the overall vote in the competition so any local support will help the Laois designs.
Both Laois entries can be found in the Eastern Region of the competition.
Best of luck to both Laois entries, click here to vote.