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Ayrshire fashion students take 'trash to runway' in top Junk Kouture competition with celebrity judges

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A pair of eco-conscious design students are set to wow celebrity judges at a top competition next week with their high-fashion dresses made from recycled materials.

Elouisa Cairns and Mhairi Chalmers, S6 pupils at Ayr’s Wellington School, are taking ‘trash to the runway’ as they head to London on Thursday, May 19 to compete as finalists in the Junk Kouture fashion competition – the world’s largest sustainable youth fashion programme.The competition sees youngsters from across the UK, Italy, France, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates and New York battle it out with hopes of receiving a golden ticket to the first-ever world final taking place in Abu Dhabi later this year.Other prizes up for grabs in the UK final include a cash prize for schools, Apple packages, and access to education/training programmes.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now.Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you.The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android.And advanced higher art students Elouisa and Mhairi, both 17, hope their spectacular haute-couture creations will impress a star-studded judging panel, which includes model, actress and Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore.Mhairi, who will be heading to the University of Salford to study costume design once finishing her exams, created her dress and headpiece ‘Candy Girl’ from Drumstick lolly wrappers, bin bags and paper straws.She hopes her funky, brightly-coloured garment can be seen as a “sign of hope and joy” as the community

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