Congratulations to Ms Kelly, Ms Henriques and everyone who was involved in  this year’s fashion fantasia from Transition year.

Six of the dresses created by Bower students have qualified for the Junk Kouture finals which take place in the Burlington Hotel on 17 April. The dresses were designed and constructed by Transition year students, and modelled at a hugely entertaining regional event in the Hodson Bay Hotel recently. The competition’s brief is to create a dress from unusual but everyday materials, with an underlying theme based on current issues.

Katie Rock, Deirdre Campbell and Kayley Crossan are the bright sparks behind “One Dial Away”, a dress made from pages of the phone book. Our numbers are available to everyone and anyone, and could fall into the wrong hands. “Eau de Toilette” is made from toilet roll cardboard. Roisin Cassidy, Niamh McGrane and Amy Allen want to show how something beautiful can be constructed from a mundane material. With “The Trendy Times” from Ellen O’Rourke, Gen Hamilton and Eimear Corry, we are urged to relax and enjoy life, drink expresso, read the paper.

Teenagers are subject to immense pressure from magazines which dictate how they should look. These magazines are the base material for “I’m a Real Girl” from Eva Cooney, Dearbhail Ni Cathain, Florence Fanning and Gemma O’Rourke. “Tied In” deals with issues of male dominance and the suffocation of many relationships. Deirdre McManus wears a dress made with ties, designed with Eadaoin Daly and Aisling Frost. Finally “Proof of Purchase”, made from old receipts is an unwelcome reminder of the debts we have accumulated during the good times. This is the brainchild of Claire Kenny and Wendy Groenendijk.

There is huge excitement behind the frantic last minute preparations for the final. The event will be hosted by TV personality, Noel Cunningham and readers can vote for their favourite dress by logging on to www,