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Young Ballymena Ladies Rugby player reaches All Ireland Final of Junk Kouture design contest




In a massive achievement, 19 year old Ciara Fraser from Ballymena, representing St Louis Grammar School, has reached the All Ireland Final of the Junk Kouture contest that has been airing on RTE television.

Junk Kouture is described as a global platform to unleash the creative brilliance of young people. One way it does this, is through a fashion competition which challenges the world's most talented emerging designers, engineers, artists and performers to envision, create and model high end couture from everyday junk.


Ciara battled through the competition with her stunning showpiece dress, called ‘Unleash the Raven’.



The dress is made out of old Ulster Rugby programmes, rugby boot laces, bin bags, plastic knives and forks!


As a proud Ballymena Ladies Rugby player and dedicated Ulster Rugby supporter, Ciara’s sporting passion provided inspiration for her design which represents women in rugby.

Ciara explained: “The raven comes from Ravenhill, and shows how a girl can be feminine in a dress but also powerful in rugby and sport.”



Ciara’s amazing design is modelled by Kimberly McCallum, with makeup created by Lukas Najdi. The talented trio all left St Louis Grammar School last June. Ciara and Lukas are now studying Art and Design in Belfast, while Kimberley is studying music in Belfast at present.



The contest Grand Final is normally held in the 3Arena in Dublin but due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions, instead this year each design has been recorded and will be showcased on RTE2 on Thursday 4 February at 7pm.


The performance on the night will be presented accompanied by ‘Ireland’s Call’, including a voiceover from the former IRFU president and local man, Ian McIlrath.


The voting this week is for the Audience Choice Award, and we’re asking you to show support for Ciara by voting at the link below!


VOTE: https://pgj.cc/VYQb33