2019 Judges

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Doireann Garrihy

TV & Radio Broadcaster, and Social Media Personality
Celebrity judge

Doireann Garrihy is a TV and Radio Broadcaster. She graduated  from Trinity College with a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies. From there, she enrolled in a Radio Production course with the Today FM School of Radio where she was bitten by the broadcasting bug! Doireann also runs a School of Speech & Drama in Castleknock in Dublin with her sister Ailbhe.

Doireann kicked off her radio career with AA Roadwatch on both Breakfast Republic and The Eoghan Mc Dermott Show on RTÉ 2FM. It wasn’t long before she had shown her broadcasting potential and within a year, progressed to a full-time position in Spin 1038 as their Entertainment Reporter in May 2016. In May 2017, she joined the Zoo Crew on Spin 1038, before moving on to Today FM in 2018.

She is no stranger to TV Broadcasting, having taken her first steps as an entertainment reporter on Virgin Media One’s The Six O’Clock Show. More recently she hosted  The Podge and Rodge show on  RTÉ2 TV, after her comedy show The Doireann Project had debuted online to huge audiences on the RTÉ Player before it’s broadcast on RTE2 TV.

Doireann rose to attention across social media, becoming known for her uncanny impressions of well-known Irish bloggers and personalities and as such, has amassed a major social following. Her Instagram account boasts over 174,000 followers, 24,000 Twitter followers and over 74,000 followers on Facebook. In 2017 Doireann was awarded with the Most Stylish Online Influencer Award at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards, Best Snapchat Star at the Gossies as well as U Magazine’s 30 under 30 Rising Star Award.  ​In 2018, The Zoo Crew with Martin and Doireann on Spin 1038 won Best Radio Show at the Gossies, where she also won the 2019 Best Female TV Presenter Award.

This is Doireann’ s first time participating the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture judging panel, and is very excited to see this year’s finalists in the Grand Final!

Louis Walsh

Entertainment Manager, and former X-Factor Judge 
Celebrity judge

Louis Walsh, is a well-known entertainment manager, and has in the past looked after bands such as Westlife, Boyzone and HomeTown. In 2010, he began his television career with Pop Stars, where he looked after and steered his band Girls Aloud to win the show. In 2005  he became a  judge on The X Factor and was one of the longest serving judges on the show sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Sharon Osborne, Nicole Scherziger, Cheryl Tweedy, Danni Minogue and Gary Barlow during his time on the show. Louis is now a  judge on Ireland’s Got Talent with Michelle Visage, Jason Byrne and Denise Van Outen.

For  the last three years Louis has been part of the The Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture judging team

‘Each year I think it can’t get  any better, but each year does! The talent and creativity of the students is mind blowing , it is hard to believe that a small country as ours can produce such incredible students.  Many of the entries we see would not seem astray on the runaway of  a haut couture fashion show. Our job as judges gets more and more difficult to choose the winning entry I will be looking out for a well thought out and choreographed routine, but my winning team will have to have a performance that also reflects all aspects of their design. I look forward to meeting the 80 Grand Finalists on the 2nd May at 3 Arena , Dublin. Good luck to all students in their regional finals, and most importantly enjoy yourselves!!

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Tracy Fahey

Dr. Tracy Fahey is Head of Department in Fine Art and Head of Centre of Postgraduate Studies in Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT.  She has previously worked as Head of Department of Humanities, IT Carlow and Head of Faculty of Design, Griffith College Dublin.  She currently sits on the Boards of the Limerick Printmakers, the Centre for Research in Popular Culture, AUT, Auckland and the Centre for Studies in Otherness, Denmark.  She is a former Past President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and a former Board member of Design Ireland, and the Institute of Design and Disability. In 2013 she established the LSAD research centre ACADEMY where she acts as Director.

Her research passion is the Gothic, and her favourite designers are Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh. She is currently working on a book on Irish Folk Gothic for University of Wales Press.  She has published on Gothic art, medical Gothic, art and design education, contemporary design practice.

In 2010 she founded the collaborative fine art practice, Gothicise, who work on site-specific projects related to ideas of site, traces and narrative. Her short fiction is published in fifteen UK and US anthologies. Her collection, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre, was nominated for a British Fantasy Award in 2017 and her second collection, New Music For Old Rituals will be published in 2018.

This is Tracy’s 8th year involved in the competition and will again offer the LSAD bursary to one of the 2019 entrants. “I’m very excited to start a brand new year of the competition, every year I’m blown away by the talent of the young teenagers, and I am sure this year will be no exception. The standards are always climbing higher and I’m eagerly anticipating what the 2019 entrants will bring.“

Stephen Mc Laughlin

Stephen Mc Laughlin is a first-class graduate of the Limerick School of art & design (LSAD), Mc Laughlin’s graduate collection drew on the life and work of Jean Michael Basquiat. The Six looks delved into Basquiat’s sadly short life, and celebrated his creativity and his life in New York City during the 1980’s. The clothes’ silhouettes are derived from an exploration of New York’s street style in the eighties.

During his time in Limerick, Stephen completed internships with Una Rodden, House of Holland and Marques Almeida in London. After graduating Stephen returned to London to join the team at Sharon Wauchob, he has since left to join the team at J&M Davidson where he is Working closely under the newly appointed creative director Katie Hillier, assisting in the rebrand of the luxury label.

Stephen competed in the competition back in 2010 with his classmates from Carndonagh Community School, Co. Donegal. He was awarded the Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize that year and his design was showcased at the Royal Film Premiere of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo in London. Stephen returned in 2015 as the southern regional student judge, in 2018 he joined the panel as a main judge and now he will make another appearance as a main judge on the 2019 judging panel alongside, Doireann Garrihy, Louis Walsh, and art and design educators Tracy Fahey, LSAD and Jane Leavey, Griffith College.

He believes that Junk Kouture was the foundation in starting his career in design. “It really gave me the hunger, desire and confidence to study fashion design at third level education, and without it I wouldn’t be where I am today, I would advise anyone who has any interest in art and design to get involved, it is the perfect stepping stone to Jump start your career. “

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Jane Leavey

Jane Leavey is the Programme Director for Fashion Design at Griffith College Dublin. Over the past ten years, she has played a key role in the development of the College’s Fashion Degree. The Griffith fashion degree has built a leading reputation in the industry for creative fashion design graduates with strong technology and business skills.  The calibre of the fashion students’ work has resulted in numerous prestigious design awards and exhibitions, TV appearances on RTE and TV3 and features in press and glossy magazine publications. Through her role, Jane has been creative director of many fashion shows, exhibitions, editorial and video shoots and has made a number of appearances on Xposé.

Jane’s career as a fashion designer began in London; her next stop was Milan where she spent four years designing for global brands. Her work involved sourcing at the international fabric and yarn fairs including Interstoff Asia, Première Vision, Idea Como, Moda-In and Pitti Filati Florence. Throughout her career, she has worked in many of the leading centres of design and manufacturing. She spent several years designing for Mexx International working between their European Design Centre in The Netherlands and their International Headquarters in Hong Kong. Jane developed particular expertise in creating new product lines and brand development.

On her return to Ireland, Jane worked as a consultant designer with Irish brands advising on design, product development and overseas manufacturing. This extensive industry experience and knowledge of education in the field of fashion design lead to her current role in education. Her own art and design education began at IADT, then graduating from the University of Ulster with a BA Hons Degree in Textile & Fashion Design and Diploma in Industrial Studies, before completing her Masters in Design and Digital Media at the D.I.T.

This is Jane’s 3rd year involved in the competition and will again offer the Griffith College bursary to one of the 2019 entrants. “I am excited by the innovative potential and I can’t wait to begin the journey to find the 2019 winners. I’ll be looking for that x-factor, a design which has a creative and original concept, a strong design aesthetic, with good craftsmanship and finishing, and perhaps an eye-catching silhouette for strong catwalk presence. I am very much looking forward to being inspired.”


Student Judges 2019

Ella O’Hagan
East Region

Luke McEvoy
South Region

Mariusz Malon
West Region

Siobhan Buggy