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Friday, 23rd September 2022

Louth students encouraged to enter sustainable fashion competition

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The winner of the 2021 Relove Fashion Competition, Ella Mulligan with judges Joanne Rourke, Lorraine Keane and Arran Murphy.

Louth County Council is encouraging local secondary students with an interest in fashion to consider entering the Relove Fashion Competition 2022.

The competition, open to students across Leinster, aims to teach young people about fashion’s environmental impact, encourages applicants to take a deeper look at how their clothing is made and explore creative reuse options such as upcycling, repairs and alterations.

Students are invited to use their creative design skills to create a sustainable, wearable outfit using clothing sourced from charity shops, swap shops or reuse items available at home.

Fast Fashion has a significant negative impact on our environment, producing clothes uses a lot of our natural resources, like water and energy and creates greenhouse gas emissions which are responsible for climate change.

The judges, which include broadcaster and businesswoman Lorraine Keane and sustainable fashion designer Aisling Duffy, will mark entrants on their style, creativity, wearability, material sourcing, skills, research and innovation.

The winning school will receive a design pack to the value of €700, including tools, equipment and free mentoring. All finalists will receive a sustainable fashion workshop from the Rediscovery Centre. Students that register their application before the 30th September 2022, they will be in with a chance to win a sewing machine worth €500 for their school.

Lorraine Keane, broadcaster and founder of Fashion Relief, said, "The Relove Fashion competition is such an inspiring event. At last year's competition, I was blown away by how much thought went into how to reuse textiles and transform them into a wearable outfit.

Paula Gribben, Administrative officer, Louth County Council, stated, “We are delighted to be involved to promote this sustainable fashion initiative and that post primary schools in Louth are registering for the competition. So far, Louth has 17 entries registered and the Council want to encourage more schools across the county to register before the end of September.

The competition was developed and funded through a partnership between 11 local authority areas in the Leinster area and the Rediscovery Centre, Ireland’s National Centre for the Circular Economy. Applications can be submitted to relovefashion.ie .

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