Author: Samantha O'Dowd

When sustainability triggers creativity in fashion  

A trade show is often a place to make deals and talk about money. But Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) in London is trying to change the common narrative. This is also a summit where its business leaders come to build a better future, focusing on sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion, spotlighting new and diverse brands … Continued

Pre-loved & Post-loved

6 reasons to shop pre-loved and donate your unwanted clothing to your closest charity store! NCBI as a sustainability and recycling champion is delighted to partner with Junk Kouture to share knowledge and materials with the students. DID YOU KNOW?   1) A mind-boggling 100 billion items of clothing are produced each year Overproduction and … Continued


The World Final of Junk Kouture 2022 hosted at Etihad Arena on 11 January 2023!   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates announces its partnership with Junk Kouture, the world’s largest sustainable youth fashion competition. Junk Kouture’s partnership with Etihad Airways will see an exciting … Continued

Important Statement Regarding the Upcoming City Finals

STATEMENT FROM JUNK KOUTURE – MAY 2022   Due to unforeseen circumstances, involving a number of positive Covid-19 cases across our touring team, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows.   London – 19 May Milan – 23 May Paris – 25 May New York City – 8 June … Continued

EdWeb Series is back for its second edition!

Join us for our next online, live session where you can meet the team, get tips from experienced Junk Kouture teachers and alumni, and join in on our live Q&A session, to help your students successfully complete their projects on time!   We will also share a link to our NEW Junk Kouture training programme, … Continued

EdWeb series with Junk Kouture!

Junk Kouture is launching an online EdWeb series to support teacher and student’s participation throughout the competition.   As you know, the aim of the Junk Kouture fashion design competition is to challenge your students to  transform everyday ‘junk’ into wearable fashion before showcasing their finished sustainable designs and backstories to the world in a … Continued

Meet a JK creator from Paris!

Milene is a final year student at ICS Paris.  She entered the 2021 Junk Kouture Competition and has made it to the Grand Final which will be aired on National Television towards the end of the year.  Milene is naturally quite shy and does not like being the focus of people’s attention. However, her creative … Continued


In education news, we are delighted to partner with the Education Support Centres in Ireland (ESCI) to develop a suite of CPD programmes to support schools on their Junk Kouture journey, funded by Creative Ireland.   Dr Siobhan Kavanagh, Chairperson of the ESCI facilitated an excellent launch webinar for Junk Kouture in late September. Along … Continued

JK ALUMNI: Rebecca McNally

My Junk Kouture Experience: I participated in Junk Kouture in my Transition Year in 2016. Junk Kouture had always been something I had aspired to one day participate in, as I remember being in awe of the winning designs throughout the years. I participated as I hoped it would be an escape for myself from … Continued

JK ALUMNI: Arthur Mulvihill

My Junk Kouture Experience: I competed in Junk Kouture in both 2017 and 2018. The main reason why I decided the try my hand at the competition was because of my growing interest in fashion. I began experimenting with my look and discovered that my dream job was to be a fashion designer. My design … Continued

Junk Kouture 2021 Grand Finalists Revealed

35 designs selected for Junk Kouture Grand Final 2021   What do Marie Antoinette, the Aztecs and Brennan’s Bread all have in common? They all served as inspiration for this year’s 35 Junk Kouture Grand Finalists who are hoping they can win over the judges and be crowned the overall winner of the 2021 competition. … Continued


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