Three Students At Ursuline Secondary School Share Latest Designs for Junk Kouture 2024

L-R Rachael Blackmore, Anna O Callaghan, Sophie Quirke and Julia McHugh from Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles at Punchestown Festival this week showcasing their Junk Kouture outfit, inspired by the Tipperary jockey and her winning partnership with Honeysuckle. Photo: Caroline Norris.

Three students at the Ursuline Secondary school in Thurles have shared their latest Designs for Junk Kouture 2024 Fashion competition which challenges students to design, upcycle and create high-end sustainable fashion from recycled junk.

The students were attempting to highlight the success of women in sport showing how they can succeed in male dominated sports like horse racing.

The students focused on Rachel Blackmore’s wins on Honeysuckle, especially her two Cheltenham Festival Champion Hurdle wins.

The new outfit was revealed to Rachel and the wider public at this week’s Punchestown Racing Festival.

The colour scheme is based on Honeysuckle’s racing colours.

The bodice is made from off cuts of Honeysuckle’s colours. All the materials on the dress are horse related including racing silks, horseshoes, horsehair, bailing twine, leather and feed sacks.

The head piece is in the shape of a circle symbolizing the finishing post on a racecourse.

The students  Anna O’Callaghan, Sophie Quirke and Julia McHugh have named their outfit – Race to the Finish.