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12 award categories such as attendance at prestigious events, memorable experiences, bursaries and scholarships, resources and a monetary prize for the winning school!
Junk Kouture believes that youth activism and education are both essential elements of the global response to climate change and when hand-in-hand, can result in profound and lasting impact.

By celebrating creativity, the programme gives young people a worldwide platform to showcase their creative solutions to real-world problems and equips them with the knowledge and skills required to affect positive change. Our aim is to empower the next generation of creatives to generate a lasting positive impact through sustainability and fashion. The programme is built on four key pillars: Sustainability; Creativity; Education; and Community.

Harnessing the power of youth activism and education, Junk Kouture is a year-round programme for secondary schools, that challenges students aged 13-18 to create couture fashion from 100% recycled materials, before ultimately showcasing their creations to a global audience.

Founded in 2010, Ireland, Junk Kouture has grown from humble beginnings of 200 entries to sell-out arena shows and global expansion plans, with its recycled fashion competition kicking off in New York, Milan, Paris, London and Abu Dhabi in September 2021.

With inclusivity and diversity at the core of everything we do – and having different cultures and design techniques coming to the fore – Junk Kouture will showcase designs in each city by way of a National Final. Set to be held in summer 2022, the chosen creatives from each city will compete at the Junk Kouture World Final.
Organizer: Junk Kouture Operations Limited Ireland
Category: Fashion, Education, Tech & Engineering, Design/Architecture
Prize: Other award
Region: Global
Eligibility: High school Students
Deadline: 2022-02-25

What They Say

Manish Sonal, India
Winner of KTH Masters Challenge 2015 – Full Scholarship and living costs paid for at KTH
“I was always reluctant in applying to foreign Universities due to my financial constraints. Today I am pursuing my Master’s in a subject which I love and feel more confident about my future.”
Saravanan Yuvaraja, India
Winner of GE Light the way Challenge
“GE Light the Way Concepts for the future of Office Lighting Innovation Challenge Competition was one of my best life time experiences. This challenge had given me a chance to know exactly, what the organization is looking from the innovative student community for creating smart and sustainable world in the future.”
Arlisa Febriani, Indonesia
Winner of the Blue Bag Competition 2015 – Full Scholarship and living costs paid for at Lund University
Arlisa’s story is very unique and proof that given the right opportunity, the greatest ideas will succeed. By developing a revolutionary water cleansing system, she proved that anything is possible. This is great news for her, the people of Jakarta, and quite possibly the rest of the world who live in places with little or no access to clean water!
Avon Haughton, USA
Winner of The New School Competition 2014 – Scholarship at The New School in New York
“Winning the competition has been one of my greatest achievements thus far and participating was the most fun I’ve had in a while. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to go to The New School!”