Dressing up in recycled rubbish

CLOTHING manufacturers and retailers everywhere will be hoping this doesn’t catch on.

CLOTHING manufacturers and retailers everywhere will be hoping this doesn’t catch on.

Virtually valueless materials which would otherwise be destined for recycling have been used to create a full length dress.

St. Marys’ College students Claire Malone and Siobhan Hyde are behind the design, which they’ve labelled “Lost Media.”

The main feature on the front of the dress are pleated book pages.

The students embraced the monochrome trend with use of the video tapes. They had to include an electrical component so copper wire was twisted in a Celtic design.

The head piece consisted of toilet paper rolls, photo negatives and wire spirals. Shredded paper was quilled into a pattern on the sides of the dress and on the shoes.

The pair designed the dress out of school hours with teacher Olivia Mulholland. It was all part of their work in a national competition, Junk Kouture, for second level students in Ireland and Northern Ireland which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk.

The national finals take place in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on April 19.

- Paul O’Meara