Winners of Merton Council’s Style Junkie competition were announced this weekend by Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Costume Design Pathway Leader Abigail Hammond from Wimbledon College of Arts and Sara Grundy, Costume Designer.
The nine shortlisted entries were:
First place- Jasmine Nguyen, Hatfield Primary School
Second place- Year4 & 5 Thrilling Thursday Group, Poplar Primary School
Third place- Kestrels Class, Garfield Primary School
First place- Zoe Elumeze-Smith and Helen Agyeman from Ursuline High School
Second place- Sean Snowden, Joel Delaney and Will Bartlett from Rutlish
Third place- Rachel Ogunleye and Gabrielle Akyena from Ursuline High School
Wimbledon College of Art:
First place- Jennifer Gregory
Second place- Ya-Chi Lin
Third place- Becky Williams
Crafted from waste materials which most people might throw away, the students’ winning costumes were judged for their creativity, vision and artistic skill.
The winning designs are also on the council’s Mega Recycle Facebook page. All the shortlisted entries can be seen here too.
The costume entries will be displayed on Merton’s Mega Recycle Facebook page, where you can vote for your favourite.
The winning costumes will be on display at The Sustainability Centre, the Stable Yard, Morden Hall Park, between 29 June and 26 July 2015, 11am to 4pm. Alongside the fabulous costumes, you will be able to see how recycled materials are reprocessed and try out some fantastic chairs and other objects made from recycled materials.
Judge and Leader of the council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Deciding on the winners was such a tough task given the stand-out quality of all the entries. This was a chance to see the fashion designers and innovators of the future at work and I was proud to be a part of the competition. Well done to all who took part and particularly to the winning designers. The underlying message has really come through – that we need to think twice before we throw things away. Recycling materials can create something new that is beautiful, meaningful and useful.”
Jayne Knowles, Associate Dean at the Wimbledon College of Arts, said: “Wimbledon College of Arts has been delighted to work with Merton Council and the Merton Mega Recycle campaign on the Style Junkies competition. As the leading college for Theatre and Costume studies we have been impressed with the innovation and design of the costumes shortlisted, the consideration for making and the inventive use of found and recycled materials. For us sustainability has become a key part of learning, and our courses dedicate time and resources to the teaching of sustainable practices and ideas.”
Jennifer Gregory, the Wimbledon College of Arts winner, said: “I am really chuffed to have won! I’m proud of my costume and it goes to show what you can create from scraps and left over fabrics which otherwise would have been thrown away. Recycling is really important and an issue we are all aware of.”