Clane's Scoil Mhuire trio make cow tags a fashion first

Piece made from farm waste

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress

Clane's Scoil Mhuire trio make cow tags a fashion first

Anna O'Flaherty, Megan Colville and Molly Nelson

Farmers and antlers from deer have beefed up a winning entry in a national fashion competition, would you believe.

At the event, held in the 3 Arena on April 14, three Scoil Mhuire, Clane, students won the Most Unusual Material category, winning a trophy and a voucher for €200.

The competition, which encourages students to make dresses from 'junk’, saw students Anna O Flaherty, Megan Corville and Molly Nason winning the trophy with their entry '#Notliketheudders. “We were thrilled to win the most unusual material award,” they said.

Theirs was a dress made from cow tags. The three Transition Year students have been working on the dress since September and have had a wonderful experience along the way.

A second Scoil Mhuire entry, 'Underdressed' — the work of Cliodhna Connolly and Molly Fitzpatrick was made from bras and also reached the national final.

Speaking of behalf of the trio, Megan Corville said: “Our work on the Junk Kouture project started in October and continued up to January. It involved material manipulation, design of hair and makeup and preparation of our performance.

“Our dress is made entirely out of cow tags from farmers, slaughterhouses and a company that gave us waste tags.”

The headpiece was made from a deer antler found in a field.

“We all agree that while we put in hundreds of hours, it was so worth it. We loved the excitement of the shows and the thrill of being on stage on the night in the 3 Arena. It was really a brilliant experience for us all.”