04 December 2019

Two of the creative masterpieces from the 2019 Junk Kouture final were showcased at the Royal Film Premiere in London on December 4 – in the presence of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Reigning Junk Kouture champion Maxim O’Sullivan of Phobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle wore his winning design Cinematic on the red carpet in Leicester Square while fellow 2019 Grand Finalist Freyja McDonald of Loreto on the Green, Dublin 2 also showed off her creation Car Couture on the night. Both outfits are film-themed and caught the eye of organisers of the premiere, leading to an invite to the exclusive event.

Maxim’s Cinematic embodies the iconic Phoenix Cinema in Dingle, creating a fashion statement with the clever use of materials sourced from a recent makeover of the cinema, which has been owned by Maxim’s family since the 1970s. Materials were crocheted, quilled, sewn and loom-knitted together to tell the story of the landmark picture house, weaving together past, present and future ages of the Phoenix. Meanwhile, elements of Freya’s Car Couture were made of rolls of cassette tape film, with over 14,500 individual strips of film meticulously curled by hand for the outfit.

This year, it was Skyfall director Sam Mendes’ latest film ‘1917’, which is supported by eOne, Amblin Partners, New Republic and Neal Street Production, that premiered at the gala evening. The war film boasts an all-star cast of Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, George McKay, Dean-Charles Chapman and Mark Strong#junkkouture #royalfilmpremiere #1917 #redcarpet #filmandtvcharity