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Junk Kouture

Junk Kouture, the world’s largest sustainable youth fashion programme, is delighted to announce its exciting new judging panel for their U.K. Junk Kouture Final Event in London on 19th May 2022.

Sharing their expertise with the nation’s budding young fashion designers and circular engineers of tomorrow, Irish TV & Radio presenter, model & actress Laura Whitmore; Course Director of Central St Martin's MA Fashion Fabio Piras and British Broadcaster, Teacher and Author, Mehreen Baig, will be the new judges joining the inspiring, glamourous event at The Hackney Empire this May. This year Junk Kouture has been working with over 100 schools from across England and Scotland, challenging young students to create striking outfits out of recyclable materials that are often labelled as waste materials; promoting creative expression amongst young people, whilst also encouraging them to become the circular engineers of tomorrow.

As a result of this over 12 years, Junk Kouture has saved approximately 40,000kg of waste from landfills. Junk Kouture has several awards up for grabs such as the World Designer of the Year, The UK Designer(s) of the Year, The Glamour Award, The Junior Award, The Performance Award etc. Prizes included monetary value for schools of the Designers of the Year as well as resources such as Apple Packages, access to education/training programmes and memorable experiences. Tickets are on sale at the Hackney Empire Box Office where members of the public can come and experience the incredible show, its judges, and the amazing designs.

Laura Whitmore said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to be part of the judging panel for Junk Kouture 2022. I have followed the year-on-year success of the event in Dublin and I am super excited to see the amazing and ingenious recycled outfits produced by the students. I can’t wait to experience first-hand all of the creativity and energy at the London final. These students really go for it and their designs are wild, I am looking forward to picking up even more sustainable fashion and lifestyle tips from them!’. Fabio Piras said: “As a course leader at Central St. Martin’s my aim is to shape a new era for fashion education by encouraging each student’s individual creative expression. What I find so exciting about Junk Kouture is the programme’s marriage of the students’ individual creativity with sustainable materials and eco-conscious thinking. I am very intrigued to see the final submissions and the students’ vision for future fashion. I am thrilled to be asked to be on the judging panel and excited to help mentor and encourage the finalists to find their own originality and creative voice through their sustainable creations.” Mehreen Baig said: “I am incredibly excited to be part of the London Junk Kouture judging panel. As a former teacher I can’t wait to see the creative self-expression of these young minds and the new knowledge they will be sharing. I love how Junk Kouture champions complete free expression and inclusivity, encouraging self-expression in students from all backgrounds. The cultural diversity of England means the U.K. final is going to be a real visual feast, giving many students a first-time opportunity to be seen and heard creatively. I am really interested in learning about each students’ inspiration and vision. I feel honoured to help mentor students and help them on their sustainable and creative journey.” 40 finalists will be chosen to present their visionary designs to impress the illustrious judges at the incredible final at The Hackney Empire, London on Thursday 19th May. The top 10 designs on the night will then be chosen to compete in the first-ever Junk Kouture World Final with finalists ranging from New York, London, Abu Dhabi, Milan and Paris at a yet to be disclosed location in September 2022. Founded in Ireland in 2010, Junk Kouture has so far engaged with over 100,000 participants, produced 15,000 distinctive designs and amazed packed crowds at 60 sold-out arena shows. Now, after 12 incredible years in operation, Junk Kouture has gone global.

The Junk Kouture World Tour has launched in five of the world’s most dynamic cities: New York, London, Abu Dhabi, Milan and Paris. It has also revealed a goal of reaching 13 cities by the end of 2023, and a 10-year goal of impacting the lives of 1billion young people across the globe by 2032. With over 800 schools actively participating in the programme, the message of Junk Kouture is already spreading rapidly, and the World Tour will allow it to expand even further, giving more young people the chance to express their creativity and impact climate change, no matter where they live or where they come from. For updates for the upcoming live event, please visit and keep an eye on the Junk Kouture social media platforms on Instagram and TikTok.