A dress made by Caoilinn Diver, a Transition Year student in Carndonagh Community School, was selected to be exhibited at the Wedding Journal Show in Belfast recently.
The dress called ‘Plastic Fantastic’ was originally made by Caoilinn for the national
competition Junk Kouture, which is based in Inishowen.
While researching unusual dresses to exhibit at the Ireland’s Wedding Journal show, the team came across Caolinn’s unique creation.
The dress was one of only three dresses selected nationwide to be displayed at the show.
The Carndonagh student’s dress is made from white and yellow plastic bin bags which she crocheted together.
The bodice is made from soft drink and beer cans, delicately cut into small fish scale pieces, and then painted with left over car paint and hand stitched together.
She completed her dress with hand crocheted flowers along with old recycled beads.
Wedding Journal magazine editor Tara Craig said: “The Wedding Journal show is known for showcasing well-known fashion designers’ dresses and we wanted to provide a platform for students to showcase their designs also.
“After researching unusual wedding dresses to display at the Wedding Journal Show we
chose only three dresses; one of which was Caolinn’s.
“Plastic Fantastic is a real showstopper and we loved the fact it was made entirely from recycled material so it’s environmental friendly also.”
The dress was worn by professional models at the show press launch and took pride of place at the Wedding Journal Show entrance for the course of the show, from Friday 18th to Sunday 21st September.
Caolinn’s dress was created as part of Junk Kouture and successfully competed in the Northern regional final in March,.
Only twenty designs then made it through to the grand final.
All of the dresses were showcased at the final at the 3 Arena in Dublin.