Laura’s got the style to reach fashion final

A BANBRIDGE Academy pupil has been selected to go forward to the regional final of a fashion competition with a difference.

Laura Donaldson has reached the Northern Regional Final of the ERP Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition which will take place at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on March 11.

The competition, which is in its second year, sets the challenge to budding fashion designers among secondary school students inviting them to rework trash and other already used materials and craft them into remarkable high-end couture fashion for both men and women.

The competition promotes sustainability especially the recycling of electrical waste, and the compulsory integration of electrical waste in to the design forms part of the challenge. The competition received phenomenal interest from Ulster, with the top creations selected to go through to the regional final.

Speaking about the regional final, ERP Junk Kouture coordinator Elizabeth O’Donnell said, “We were delighted with the level of interest we received from the Northern region and the outfits that will be showcased in Belfast are truly remarkable.

“ERP Junk Kouture is a fantastic platform to educate students on the importance of sustainability while giving them an outlet for their creativity. Those attending the shows are also encouraged to do their bit for the environment and will receive a £5 discount voucher on their ticket if they bring along 20 used batteries for recycling.”

Managing Director of ERP UK, Scott Butler added “We are delighted to be kicking off our regional finals in Belfast where I am sure we will be blown away by the creativity on show.”

Yvonne Holmes, Head of Corporate Communications at ERP Ireland will be joined at the judging table by London based fashion designer Zoe Boomer, singer and radio presenter Malachi Cush and Belfast Fashion Week Director Cathy Martin. Tickets are £12.50 and can be purchased online at