North Bergen college students headed to Abu Dhabi for ‘junk’ style design competitors

North Bergen college students are heading abroad for the finals of a world environmentally-friendly style design competitors.

On Tuesday, October 25, American up-and-coming eco-conscious creators and style designers competed on the first ever New York Metropolis last of Junk Kouture, a worldwide sustainable youth style competitors. Through the occasion, 30 haute-couture designs made out of 100% recycled supplies created and modeled by gifted post-primary college students took to the digital stage on Junk Kouture’s YouTube and TikTok channels.

Ten creations by younger designers 13 to 18 years outdated from the metropolis and close by states have been chosen by the Junk Kouture judges Ben Barry, Nicole McLaughlin and Emma McKee to signify the US on the first-ever Junk Kouture World Remaining within the Etihad Enviornment on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 11, 2023.

The ultimate 10 designs from the US might be up in opposition to 50 different designs, 10 from every of Junk Kouture’s different finals in the UK, Italy, France, Eire, and the UAE. On the World Remaining, there might be six particular person Metropolis Designer Awards for every location, plus the first-ever Junk Kouture World Designer of the Yr.

Different prizes up for grabs embody the Glamour Award, Wearable Artwork Award, Innovation Award, and Efficiency Award. College students will mannequin and carry out in haute-couture designs made completely from recycled supplies for superstar judges, trade specialists and an viewers of cheering supporters flown into Abu Dhabi from around the globe.

An evening of creativity, efficiency, expertise and dwell music from particular company awaits college students in January. The occasion is billed as a celebration of younger individuals and the round engineers of tomorrow.

One of many ten designs chosen to signify New York Metropolis within the World Remaining consists of “The Nightingale” by Christopher King, Myles Perez, Jazzlynn Vargas, and Josselyn Garcia of North Bergen Excessive Faculty. The scholars have been assisted by Trend and Inside Design Trainer Marlene Sapoff and Sculpture Trainer and Artwork Director Steven Defendini.

The gown itself is made out of blue wrap sourced from Hackensack College Medical Middle, adorned with flowers fabricated from the identical materials. Blue wrap is a surgical wrap and equates to 19 p.c of the medical waste and pool insulation foam.

Additionally going into the development of the robe have been reams of discarded pool insulation. That materials was common into the angelic wings.

North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco congratulated the scholars on making it that far within the competitors at a October 26 assembly of the Board of Commissioners. Sacco stated that the scholars have been among the many ten designs chosen nationwide as finalists.

“I used to be simply notified that the highschool college students are the finalists within the style contest,” Sacco stated amid the assembly. “They made an outfit from medical provides. They’re going to Abu Dhabi. They gained the native, and there’s solely ten within the nation finalists.”

Sacco stated he has seen the gown himself, and appeared impressed. He stated he’s particularly so, now that the scholars are heading to the World Remaining.

“I went in in the future and noticed the gown, and it took plenty of work,” Sacco stated. “I by no means thought we’d be on our strategy to the finals of a world contest. It’s very spectacular. The children are very gifted.”

In accordance with Sacco, Junk Kouture is permitting two lecturers and two college students to attend. He stated that they’re not sure if the township might want to increase cash to assist them, however will see what is critical as January approaches.

“We don’t know what else this entails,” Sacco stated. “We’ll give extra discover out.”

Designs to compete in World Remaining in Abu Dhabi

Among the 9 designs chosen embody: “Junk Punk Denim” by Emily Humphreys and Olivia Volt of Clearview Regional Excessive Faculty, New Jersey, made out of up-cycled denim used to create the patchwork, bottle caps, cans, and recycled rope; “Sugar Pink Rockstar” by Yanin Thammarangsri, Fatima Koita, and Sonia Domlan of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Excessive Faculty, New York, made out of metallic chrome balloons, pink straws, cardboard, yarn strings, up-cycled material, security pins, staples, and paper plates; and “Junk Karnival” by Sarah Arriola and Chloe Davis of McIntosh Excessive Faculty, Georgia, made out of coca-cola cans, plastic water bottles, steel wire, newspaper, yarn, dye, glue, cardboard, tape, outdated t-shirts, can tabs, thread, plastic grocery, and trash baggage, ribbon, outdated bedding material, outdated heels, and an outdated bodysuit.

The others chosen characteristic: “D’Worry” by Xiwen Mark of Fiorello H. LaGuardia Excessive Faculty of Music and Artwork and Performing Arts, New York made out of plastic, paper, and up-cycled garments; “Grandstar” by Natalia Monsale, Virginia Papasidero, and Astro Mejia of Glen Cove Excessive Faculty, New York, made out of plastic water bottles, paper baggage, paper clips, and recycled clothes; “Tree of Life” by Ísis de Farias Madeira of M600 The Excessive Faculty of Trend Industries, New York, made out of scraps and deadstock material for the bottom of the gown, to which the banana fibers have been sewn with recycled polyester threads, and sneakers thrifted and embellished with the identical supplies; “Masks Gown” by Naomi Carrion of Bronx Worldwide Excessive Faculty, New York made out of masks, thread, and glue; “File Breaker” by Lia Aldea-Lustig of Byram Hills Excessive Faculty, New York, made out of up-cycled clothes, CDs, cassette tapes, shells and tape; and “Buttons” by Marykate Hanus and Jennifer Toler of North Kingstown Excessive Faculty, Rhode Island, made out of buttons, material, glue, string, and wire.

“Prepare for the NYC designs taking to Abu Dhabi to fill you up with hope for the way forward for style and the survival of our planet. What the scholars created is really distinctive — unbounded creativity, craft and consciousness might be on full show,” Junk Kouture decide and Dean of Trend at Parsons Faculty of Design Ben Barry stated.

“I’m so excited for the world to be launched to the finalists and their creations. Judging Junk Kouture New York has been a privilege. We’re cultivating a era of highschool style designers who don’t assume that local weather justice is an addition or afterthought to their design follow however as an alternative it’s the basis – a inventive opening for brand new style aesthetics, silhouettes, and kind.”

Junk Kouture decide and designer Nicole McLaughlin stated: “I’ve been extremely impressed by the calibre of design and execution of the tasks I’ve seen from the designers. Junk Kouture is a crucial outlet for youngsters seeking to discover their creativity within the sustainability world. They perceive the significance of this message and look to nurture the longer term by way of creativeness and empowerment by way of superb alternatives. And all you wish to do is proceed to cheer them on. That is simply the beginning of their journeys. I hope the designers who make it to Abu Dhabi keep in mind to make some unbelievable recollections and luxuriate in themselves. Have enjoyable!”

Supporting Junk Kouture as an occasions companion on the World Remaining is Miral, a creator of immersive locations and experiences in Abu Dhabi. With the assist of Miral and Etihad Airways, the official airline companion and world companion of Junk Kouture, all native and worldwide contributors and supporters travelling to the World Remaining of Junk Kouture might be immersed into the tradition and leisure Abu Dhabi has to supply.

Normal ticket pricing for the present begins at AED 100, with attendees supplied the choice to create bespoke packages to incorporate lodging and different distinctive experiences on the island and throughout the capital. For extra info, go browsing to or observe social media @junkkouture.

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