On yet another momentous occasion for Oonagh Kelly and Our Lady’s Bower, ‘Moo’ emerged as the overall winner  of Junk Kouture 2018 while ‘She’s No Egg’ won a coveted Glamour Prize. Best of all, Ms Kelly won a Hall of Fame award for her continued success in the event. Three busloads of supporters travelled to the 3Arena to support all of our competitors.

‘Moo’ has had an emotional journey to the final as the dress designed by Mary Brody and Izzy Clarke did not qualify outrigIMG_20180309_163704ht but was given a second chance by winning the popular vote over the February break. The girls designed this beautifully structured dress from milk cartons painted gold. Izzy’s striking performance and mega hair certainly contributed to its overall impact.

Ellen Kearney and Katie Shortall spent a lot of time working on their dress ‘She’s No Egg’, cutting up hundreds of egg cartons and constructing intricate rose patterns which were then painted pink. They also decided to raise awareness of the cruelty of battery hens, visiting a free range farm in Cavan to see how it should be done.

The two outfits garnered a lot of media attention too. A farming journal called ‘Agriland’ did a feature on the egg outfit, praising the girls for adding another dimension to their project, while ‘Moo’ was mentioned in writer Kate Kerrigan’s feature in the ‘Irish Daily Mail’. Izzy and Ellen were also interviewed by Eoghan McDermott for 2fm before the show started.

Congratulations also to the other three dresses which made the final. This in itself is a fantastic achievemeIMG_20180309_163649nt given the huge interest there is in this competition. The school has enjoyed regular success with overall winners as recently as 2016 and 2014 and Glamour Prizes on many occasions. Past winners Katie Brill, Romy Marren and Ruth Gallagher have also returned as regional judges.

Last but not least, congratulations to art teacher Oonagh Kelly. How does she do it year after year?

Her past pupils were very happy to record messages of congratulations which were shown at the 3Arena on the night.

The prizes are very generous too. ‘Moo’ has won €2,500 for the school, €500 each and an iPad mini. Glamour prizewinners will go to London for the Royal Film Premiere and all regional winners will fly to Cannes in May for the film festival.

Congratulations to Moate CS who won a Glamour prize and a scholarship to study at LSAD.

Other TY students modelled dresses made for the Bank of Ireland on the red carpet. A special thank you to past pupil Michelle Doyle who helped Ms Kelly all the way!Helix


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