Celebrity judges announced for the U.K. Junk Kouture Final


Junk Kouture, the world’s largest sustainable youth fashion programme, is delighted to announce its exciting new judging panel for the U.K. Junk Kouture Final in London on 19th May 2022.

Sharing their expertise with the nation’s budding young fashion designers and circular engineers of tomorrow, Irish TV & Radio presenter, model & actress Laura Whitmore; Course Director of Central St Martin’s MA Fashion Fabio Piras and British Broadcaster, Teacher and Author, Mehreen Baig, will be the new judges joining the inspiring, glamourous event at The Hackney Empire this May.

This year Junk Kouture has been working with over 100 schools from across England and Scotland, challenging young students to create striking outfits out of recyclable materials that are often labelled as waste materials; promoting creative expression amongst young people, whilst also encouraging them to become the circular engineers of tomorrow.

With each judge specialising in different areas, their combined knowledge will ensure that each entry is thoroughly assessed and measured. The three different personalities also have strong synergy with the ethos and message of Junk Kouture.

A long-time advocate of sustainable fashion, Laura Whitmore embodies the mission of Junk Kouture perfectly. From her iconic vintage style to previously collaborating with WWF’s Ocean Hero Campaign and TK Maxx’s Give Up Clothes for Good, Laura is passionate about championing and talking about sustainable fashion and shopping consciously.

Chosen for his expertise and knowledge as both a fashion designer and teacher at one of the most influential and globally recognised fashion colleges and MA Fashion Courses, Fabio Piras will be an invaluable asset of creative knowledge, advice and priceless information for the students.

As a former teacher and trailblazing broadcaster and author, passionate about education and an influential voice across a range of topics including feminism, race and gender equality, and faith, Mehreen Baig has a passion for breaking stereotypes. As a role model and mentor, she believes in promoting empowerment through conscious conversations. A passionate advocate to help the students reach their own creative potential beyond any self-limiting boundaries.

Laura Whitmore said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to be part of the judging panel for Junk Kouture 2022. I have followed the year-on-year success of the event in Dublin and I am super excited to see the amazing and ingenious recycled outfits produced by the students. I can’t wait to experience first-hand all of the creativity and energy at the London final. These students really go for it and their designs are wild, I am looking forward to picking up even more sustainable fashion and lifestyle tips from them!’.

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