Arklow students need your vote

This year sees students from St. Mary’s College compete in the National Finals of Junk Kouture. Junk Kouture is a recycled fashion competition that has grown from strength to strength over the years. Competition is very stiff with 4000 student s across the country competing to gain one of the 82 places in the Final. ‘Queen of Roses’ did just that, when they stormed the catwalk in the Helix, DCU while competing in the Eastern Regionals.


Erin O’Toole, Nian MacCormaic and Emer O’Toole are the designers and creators of this fabulous Couture outfit, with Nian modelling and performing on stage. The girls began the process by collecting 100% recycled material for their outfit. The first thing they got was old cinema posters. This was all the inspiration they needed as Tim Burton’s Red Queen peered back at them from one of the posters. From there the ideas and artistic process grew, with coke cans and toffee packaging being used to create a bed of roses and a fantasy crown befitting the Queen. The team showed a keen sense of design working with different textures and a great colour combination.

This week they are looking for help from the people of Arklow, and indeed county Wicklow as they are the only team representing the Garden County.

The online voting counts for 10% of their total score so they need your votes. The voting opens Monday April 1st at 10am until Friday April 5th at midnight! You can register anytime over on and follow the steps. ‘Queen of Roses’ are busy on the campaign trail this week; keep an eye out for them around town.

The girls worked with their Art teacher, Charlotte Murray who is delighted that all their hard work is recognised. They also received great help with the choreography of their performance from Francis Ryan of ‘The Francis Ryan School of Dance’, whom they wish to send huge thanks. As the excitement builds around the school campus everyone would like to wish the team all the best for the Grand Final, in the 3 Arena, on May 2nd.

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