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Eco fashion Roz Purcell reveals she's 'delighted' to join 2021 Junk Kouture judging panel

Junk Kouture has challenged post-primary school students across Ireland to design, create and model haute-couture designs made from everyday rubbish. The golden rule is that everything used must be 100% recycled materials

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Roz Purcell wears a Junk Kouture creation entitled Viridi. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Roz Purcell wears a Junk Kouture creation entitled Viridi. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Roz Purcell wears a Junk Kouture creation entitled Viridi. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Roz Purcell has been announced a new judge on the Junk Kouture fashion show.

The 30-year-old Tipperary woman will join X Factor maestro Louis Walsh, Ru Paul’s Dragrace star Michelle Visage and former winner and fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin on the judging panel.

Junk Kouture has challenged post-primary school students across Ireland to design, create and model haute-couture designs made from everyday rubbish. The golden rule is that everything used must be 100% recycled materials.

Roz, who is a former model and Miss Universe Ireland winner, is now a best-selling cookbook author, podcaster, entrepreneur and fashion-upcycling enthusiast.

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Amy Archibold models the Junk Kouture creation Autumn in Motion. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Amy Archibold models the Junk Kouture creation Autumn in Motion. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Amy Archibold models the Junk Kouture creation Autumn in Motion. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

This won’t be Roz’s first sashay onto the Junk Kouture stage as in 2013 she walked the red carpet for The Royal Film Performance™ of Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom in London, wearing a Junk Kouture design made of paper and polystyrene cups.

Roz has become a dab hand at upcycling clothes that may have otherwise fallen to the back of the wardrobe and she loves updating a vintage piece of clothing to give it a new lease of life.

She is also known for her social media presence where she regularly shares her plant-based recipes and the best hiking adventures.

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Ange Mpatu models the Junk Kouture creation ‘The Warrior Team’. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Ange Mpatu models the Junk Kouture creation ‘The Warrior Team’. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Ange Mpatu models the Junk Kouture creation ‘The Warrior Team’. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

“I am delighted to be joining the Junk Kouture judging panel for 2021,” she said. “Junk Kouture has an important message for us all to protect the planet we call home and to strive for a greener future.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for all young people to get involved and use their imagination, be innovative and creative while sharing that vital message.

“Every year I am blown away by the talent that appears in Junk Kouture, the attention to detail that is given to these designs is incredible and I know we will have our work cut out for us to pick a winner.

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“Last year’s winner won wearing a dress made from smashed up jam jars and sea glass so I am really excited to see what the students have come up with this year! I also can’t wait to work alongside Louis Walsh and Michelle Visage – it’s going to be lots of fun.”

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Roz will be joining the Junk Kouture Judging panel for 2021. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Roz will be joining the Junk Kouture Judging panel for 2021. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Roz will be joining the Junk Kouture Judging panel for 2021. Photo: Brian McEvoy/PIP

Meanwhile, Head of Department in Fine Art at LSAD Dr Tracey Fahey and Programme Director for Fashion Design at Griffith College Jane Leavey become key members of the technical judging panel this year.

And keeping the whole show on the road will be Junk Kouture hosts and RTÉ 2FM presenters Laura Fox and Emma Power.

Following Junk Kouture’s impressive television debut on RTÉ2 for the 2020 Grand Final, Junk Kouture can announce that they will once again be joining forces with RTÉ for 2021, helping to keep issues such as sustainability and climate action front-of-mind for RTÉ’s younger audiences.

The closing date for applications is 6pm on Friday 7th May, with entries made through the Junk Kouture app, available for Android and iOS. With details of the regional and grand finals still to come, entrants can stay up to speed with all things Junk Kouture on the app or through the Junk Kouture social media channels @junkkouture.

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