That very topic is explored in the eye-opening documentary ‘Junk Kouture – Waking the Muse’. Commissioned by the Creative Ireland Programme and Junk Kouture, the documentary was co-directed and produced by young award-winning Irish filmmaker Seán Treacy (17) and Junk Kouture Production Coordinator Órla Morris Toolen (21).
The world’s largest recyclable fashion competition for young people, Junk Kouture sees talented creatives from all over Ireland design, create and showcase incredible outfits made entirely of recycled materials each year.
The documentary follows three inspiring Junk Kouture alumni as they are challenged to work together to design, source and create a unique ensemble to be modelled in New York for Climate Week NYC 2021, for which Junk Kouture was the Sustainable Living partner. Showcasing their growth as designers since their Junk Kouture experiences, their collaboration also demonstrated how the competition’s sustainability ethos can be integrated into the world of fashion.
The trio, Niamh Porter (24), Cian Newman (20) and Techinee Nawiang (19), reveal in the documentary that the Junk Kouture journey is so much more than a fashion competition. For this talented bunch it has meant everything, from the realisation of untapped potential, to creatively expressing themselves and even making a unique mark in a new, unfamiliar place.