Donegal entrepreneur, Elizabeth O’Donnell, from Buncrana is to appear on this Friday’s Late Late Show.
Her appearance is to coincide with the Grand Final of ERP Junk Kouture 2012 which takes place on Friday at 4pm in CityWest Hotel, Dublin. Elizabeth, who set up Junk Kouture in 2010, will be interviewed by Ryan Tubridy and will announce the Overall Winners of this year’s Junk Kouture competition. The Top Four finalists will get their chance to show case their winning designs to the nation and explain their inspirations and the work involved in turning rubbish in Couture.
ERP Junk Kouture is a competition for second level students throughout the whole island of Ireland, whereby they are challenged to create couture fashion from old everyday junk. The idea is to subtly educate kids about recycling and at the same time inspire them to create something fashionable and wearable.
Junk Kouture is now at the end of its second season. More than 2,500 students have taken part over the last two years, and 5,000 more have come to see the Junk Kouture shows.
As Elizabeth explains: “It is incredible how much the competition has grown in less than two years. The highlight for me was our invitation to the Royal Film Premiere in London where some of our models got to showcase their home-made glamorous dresses made entirely out of old junk that normally people would throw away. It was an incredible night all round and greatly increased the profile of what we are doing.
“The 2013 competition promises to be even bigger, as we have plans to get involved in the City of Culture in Derry and bring the Grand Final of Junk Kouture 2013 to the North West. This would mean so much to me, considering I have lived most of my life in Buncrana.
“I’m especially delighted that eight of the national finalists are from Donegal - Battle of the Sexes by Orla O’Hagan and Aoife Porter from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana; Curiouser Couture by Amy Hegarty from Abbey Vocational School, Donegal town; Dangerously Denim by Fiona McShane, Shona Breslin, and Catriona McShane of Carrick Vocational School; It Girl by Heather Duff, Kate Haley and Ciara Haley from Loreto Community School, Milford; Pretty Metal by Emma Ferguson, Shona McLaughlin and Alana Fullerton from Crana College, Buncrana; Shooo by Michael Galbraith, Michelle Harkin and Sophie Collins from Crana College, Buncrana; Short Circuit by Clodagh Barry, Catherine Donnelly and Leona Burns from Deele College, Raphoe; and Electric 20s by Alannah Scott, Eilis Ni Bhraonain, Niamh Kuncaitis from PCC Falcarragh. “They’ve all done their schools, and Donegal, proud!
“As I now live in Derry, I am also really excited about what the City of Culture have planned for 2013. I would be so proud for Junk Kouture to be included on their programme of events.
“Coupled with this, we have been handed a huge boost recently with Moya Doherty of Riverdance coming on board as a company mentor. To work alongside someone like her is amazing for us: she has been there and done it in terms of taking a show from nowhere to being a worldwide success. Moya shares our plans for Junk Kouture and, with her guidance, we believe we can help Junk Kouture fulfil all of its potential.”