Local fashionistas were once again treated to an evening of glitz and glamour when the students of Louth showcased their remarkable works of recycled couture at the seventh annual ‘Trashion Fashion’ event which took place at the Carrickdale Hotel on Wednesday 23rd January. A celebration of creativity and sustainability, the event continues to attract large numbers with 140 students taking part and 40 incredible outfits. The golden rule of the competition is that they are made from 100% recycled materials which have lived out their intended purpose.
The fashion competition is open to all secondary school students in Louth. The challenge posed to students is to create a couture outfit of any shape and size made by the least couture of materials – junk! The students get their hands on industrial, commercial and domestic waste products and transform them into fashion masterpieces.
Used coffee cups, shuttlecocks, and watches, not to mention fake paper money were just some of the unusual materials used to create these fantastic designs. The students demonstrated a high level of social awareness, with the themes of the outfits highlighting a wide range of topical societal issues such as homelessness, the Magdalene Laundries, mental health and the damaging effects of ocean pollution.
The event, which is organised by Louth County Council and Louth Tidy Towns Together, continues to go from strength to strength, as it endeavours to combine the joint aims of creativity and sustainability. Although it’s also an outlet of entertainment, Trashion Fashion creates amazing opportunities for student development and heightens environmental awareness amongst local students.
The event was masterfully presented by the Mona Daly, who expertly and skillfully guided each of the forty models through their performance. The unenviable task of judging the competition fell to Deirdre Sweeney, Principal of Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire, Ardee, Caitriona McGee, a veteran of the fashion industry, Stefania Egan, a successful local model, Maire Mulligan, retired local teacher and Willie Martin, the proprietor of V & W Recycling.
Coláiste Rís and St. Vincent’s Secondary School were both delighted to have four winners on the night. Emily Lucid was proud to model her winning entry “Time Traveller’s Wife” for St. Vincent’s, with Isabelle Garvey picking up a prize for the school with “Flower Power”. They were joined by Shauna King with “Touch Wood” and Kirsten Doherty who modelled “Light as a Feather”.
Coláiste Rís were also in the prizes with Leah Conway modeling “Money, Money, Money”, who was joined by Eve Brosnan with “Skin Deep”. Leon Duffy was thrilled to win with “We are Hear”, while Joe Lennon thrilled the crowd with his moves while modeling “Panic on the Dancefloor”.
Laura Jane Hearty from Coláiste Chú Chulainn was also in the prizes with “Standards Set for Young People”. Maryann McGrane from Bush Post Primary was delighted to win with her topical “Climtastrophy” outfit.
There were also two special awards presented on the night by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Liam Reilly. The “Most Moving Performance” award went to Tara Woods from Coláiste Chú Chulainn who modeled “Magdalene Losses”. The award for “Performance of the Night” went to Rachael McNally from St. Ita’s school who received a standing ovation while modeling the stunning “Be Who You Are”.
Larry Magnier, Chair of Louth Tidy Towns Together stated that his group “are delighted to be part of this event which we feel is going from strength to strength every year. We acknowledge that it encourages young people to think of waste prevention at a time when this has become such a huge issue both within Ireland and globally. We also relish the opportunity to strengthening the linkages between local schools and their local Tidy Towns groups. I also believe that young people are leading the way in terms of waste reduction, reusage and recycling. I would also like to acknowledge the fact that the students and teachers worked tirelessly from the beginning of the school year and their effort are the primary reason why Trashion Fashion is such a successful event’.
Cllr. Liam Reilly, Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council expressed his delight at being part of Trashion Fashion and acknowledged the role the teachers play in making the event a success. He also welcomed the growing partnerships being formed between the second level schools, the local authority and the Tidy Towns groups. He also commended the students on generating awareness of a number of current social issues in Irish society. Finally, he wished all the students well in their quest for success in the forthcoming Junk Kouture national competition and expressed the wish that the students from Louth can build on their recent successes.
Some more photos from the night