Digital Competitions 2021

Junk Kouture 2020 Digital Final

This year’s finalists will compete for the title in our Live Digital Final, Dec 2020.

GETTING
STARTED in 2021

Who can enter?

Junk Kouture is open to all US designers aged 12-18. Entries this year will be submitted digitally with ten finalists qualifying for prizes and a slot in the Digital World Final live stream in June.

The brief

Look around you. Everywhere you see waste, there is opportunity. Materials tell stories; they also make for great fashion. The next decade of fashion designers will need to be more conscious of their source material than ever before, this is your chance to show the world your vision and flare.

Your design can be crafted into any style of wear. The only important rule is that it is made from 100% recycled materials. Be brave, push boundaries, dream of the future you envision this world becoming, then show us through design.

Step 1

DOWNLOAD HANDBOOK

The Handbook is full of all you need to know about starting your Junk Kouture journey.

Step 2

Follow Us

Our social media is full of inspiration and guidance on applying to Junk Kouture.

Step 3

Design

Research designs and techniques. Think about what story you want your piece to tell. Consider what deadstock materials you could find that might capture the world’s attention. A moodboard is a good way to start gathering ideas and inspiration.

Step 4

Apply

Download the JK App and submit your design. Make sure to complete your registration by the closing date.

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For more useful information, tips and guidelines about getting started.

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Key Dates

REGISTER A MEMBER ACCOUNT ON THE JK APP

NOV 2020

IRISH DIGITAL GRAND FINAL 2020

DEC 2020

GLOBAL DIGITAL 2021 COMPETITION: REGISTRATION OPENS

JAN 25th 2021

GLOBAL DIGITAL 2021 COMPETITION: REGISTRATION CLOSES

19 APR 2021

COMPETITION VOTING WEEK

26 APR – 10 MAY 2021

NATIONAL GRAND FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENTS

24 MAY – 29 MAY

INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL GRAND FINAL

JUN 2021

AWARDS
and PRIZES

2021 Junk Kouture World Designer of the Year

2500 Euro Cash Prize + Trip to Abu Dhabi
(4 nights + flights)

The most esteemed Award of all; presented at the Global Digital Final to the entry that the judges deem to be the most extraordinary overall.

2021 Junk Kouture
Designer of the Year USA

2500 Euro Cash Prize + Trip to Abu Dhabi
(4 nights + flights)

The most esteemed Award of all; presented at the Global Digital Final to the entry that the judges deem to be the most extraordinary overall.

2021 Emerging Talent Award

1000 Euro Cash Prize

This award acknowledges the creativity, craftsmanship and originality of an entry submitted by a first-time designer.

2021 Glamour Award

1000 Euro Cash Prize

Awarded to the entry that oozes glamour and sophistication. A design fit for the red carpet and believed to have something that little bit special.

2021 People’s Choice Award

1000 Euro Cash Prize

The crowd’s favourite entry voted by the judges and the fans at home!

2021 Young Designer Award

1000 Euro Cash Prize

Celebrating a remarkable design created by a designer/design team aged 14 or under.

1000 Euro Cash Prize

1000 Euro Cash Prize

The impressive entry that considers the life of the design following the competition and its impact on the environment. Awarded to a circular design that incorporates sustainable practices.

2021 Native Design Award

1000 Euro Cash Prize

The impressive entry that considers the life of the design following the competition and its impact on the environment. Awarded to an entry created using at minimum 85% materials that can be easily separated and readily recycled once its existence is nonessential.

2021 Partnerships Award

1000 Euro Cash Prize

The entry that our main sponsor considers to be the most innovative and daring.

LIVE WORLD FINAL 2022

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Stadium will host the first ever Junk Kouture Live World Final in 2022. Finalists from the 2022 national competitions will compete for the coveted title of JK World Designer of the Year with incredible prizes to be won.

This three day event will be a fusion of the most exciting emerging designers and artists from across the world. We’ll dance, collaborate, and hear from some of the world’s top icons in fashion, sustainability and design.

Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi,
29th September 2022

Calling all creative filmmakers!

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