Students are dedicated recyclers of fashion
STUNNING costumes made from recycled materials graced the catwalk at Loreto secondary school in Wexford.
Seven Transition Year groups showcased creative outfits as part of the Green School Fashion Show.
Students used a range of discarded items to make the dresses which were modelled for a panel of judges.
Old fabrics, paper, aluminium cans, bottle tops, dyed feathers and unwanted CDs found their way into the designs.
The winner was 'Blossoming Youth', a gold and pink dress made from folded paper with origami adornments, by Emma Haddigan, Deirbhile Ironside, and Orfhlaith Gannon.
In second place was a creation called 'Never Ending Story', made from old books by Beth Flynn, Sarah Holden, and Orlaith Doyle.
A dress called 'Rags to Riches' using recycled fabrics, was voted into third place. It was created by Neave Alouf, Emily Long, and Abbie Bursnell-Mooney.
The students must wait until Valentine's Day, February 14 to find out if one of their entries is chosen for the regional final of the nationwide Junk Couture competition.
The Wexford judging panel included Gabriella Gurdak of Bank of Ireland; Cliona Connolly, Environment Department, Wexford County Council; Loreto art teacher Josie Byrne and Leaving Cert art students Blaithin Gallagher and Gemma Ferris.
The Loreto Green School Fashion Show project was co-ordinated by teacher, Gerri Roche.