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PICS: Roz Purcell announced as new Junk Kouture judge

Junk Kouture is back and with a brand-new face on the star-studded judging panel.

Best-selling cookbook author, influencer, and fashion-upcycling enthusiast Roz Purcell will join Louis Walsh and Michelle Visage on the panel this year.

This won’t be Roz’s first sashay onto the Junk Kouture stage, as in 2013 she walked the red carpet for The Royal Film Performance of Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom in London, wearing a Junk Kouture design made of paper and polystyrene cups.

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Roz, Louis, and Michelle will be joined by former Junk Kouture winner and fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin.

Head of Department in Fine Art at LSAD, Dr Tracey Fahey, and Programme Director for Fashion Design at Griffith College, Jane Leavey, will also become key members of the technical judging panel this year.

Roz said: “I am delighted to be joining the Junk Kouture judging panel for 2021. Junk Kouture has an important message for us all to protect the planet we call home and to strive for a greener future.”

Roz wears a Junk Kouture creation by students Megan Doherty, Bronagh McCarron and Shaunah Ivers from Carndonagh Community School, Donegal | Brian McEvoy

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for all young people to get involved and use their imagination, be innovative and creative while sharing that vital message.”

“Every year I am blown away by the talent that appears in Junk Kouture, the attention to detail that is given to these designs is incredible and I know we will have our work cut out for us to pick a winner.”

“Last year’s winners won wearing a dress made from smashed up jam jars and sea glass so I am really excited to see what the students have come up with this year! I also can’t wait to work alongside Louis Walsh and Michelle Visage – it’s going to be lots of fun.”

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Amy Archibold from Donahies Community School,Donaghmede Dublin models the Junk Kouture creation Autumn in Motion which she designed with fellow students Emma O’Neil and Lucy Davis | Brian McEvoy

As always, Junk Kouture has challenged post-primary school students across Ireland to design, create and model haute-couture designs made from everyday rubbish.

Everything used must be 100% recycled materials, and the closing date for applications is 6pm on Friday May 7, with entries made through the Junk Kouture app, available for Android and iOS.

With details of the regional and grand finals still to come, entrants can stay up to speed with all things Junk Kouture on the app or through the Junk Kouture social media channels @junkkouture.

Ange Mpatu from Blanchardstown Youthreach models the Junk Kouture creation The Warrior Team which was designed with fellow students Simone White and Bernadette Maughan | Brian McEvoy

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