HydrengiaMania makes it to the finals

�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland -  2014'''Mandatory Credit - Picture by Brian Thompson / Presseye.com
�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 2014'''Mandatory Credit - Picture by Brian Thompson / Presseye.com

A flurry of cameras greeted New-Bridge pupil Megan Johnson at school this week when former Miss World, Rosanna Davison, arrived to tell her she is through to the grand final of this year’s Junk Kouture competition.

The recycled fashion competition encourages second level students to get creative with re-used materials to make high-end wearable fashion, and Megan had gathered dried hydrangeas, old newspapers, and florists wire over five month period to design her flamboyant entry, entitled ‘HydrengiaMania’.

Former Miss World, Rosanna Davison, is among the judging line up along with stylist and TV presenter Darren Kennedy. In the judging process of the competition 19 of the 20 finalists are chosen at each Regional Final, but the twentieth is announced by Rosanna personally at the school of the winner, where the students are presented with a ‘Wild Card’.

So Megan’s ‘Wild Card’ entry completes the final twenty designs going through to the Grand Final in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin, on May 2, when the dress will battle it out against 79 other finalists from across Ireland all showcasing their amazing ‘couture trash’ designs.

Megan said: “I had no clue Rosanna was going to come to the school or announce I was through to the finals, so I was really surprised. I hadn’t been feeling too well that morning, but by the time all that had happened I felt amazing.

“I am so excited about going to the finals. I can hardly believe it - I’m just over the moon.”

Whilst Megan did most of the work for the project, her two friends Sara Johnson and Clarissa Moore also formed part of the team, giving her support and encouragement.

Megan hopes to be modelling the dress herself at the finals in Dublin.

For more information about the competition visit www.junkkouture.com