EVE’s Junk Couture Fashion Show

‘Junk Couture’ was a fashion show which encouraged the different centres within HSE EVE to create striking couture designs and works of wearable art from everyday junk that would have normally ended up in the bin. Junk Couture aimed to inspire and ignite passion in all, while at the same time subtly educate about the importance of recycling and reusing waste. The show took place in the Moat Theatre, in Naas.

We entered two group projects into the show:


‘Space’ – The sun, moon, stars and an alien.


‘Dancing Dead’ – Three dancing skeletons with skull masks and tribal collars.

Materials used: Silver, gold and copper insulation foam, metallic foil, cardboard, plastic bags and wire.

Modelled by: Maureen Rooney, Suzanne Hyland, Pauline Rush, Patricia Carey, John Meehan, John Yilmaz, Ciaran Bailey and Anthony Murray.



The Sun….

The Moon…

The Stars….

…and an ALIEN!!



Over the last few months, we have worked very hard on this project. Here are some images of the work in progress.


John loved his outfit so much that he didn’t want to take it off.

‘Dancing Dead’


‘Dancing Dead’ from EVE Estuary on Vimeo.

The skull masks for ‘Dancing Dead’ were created out of a template that we sourced from this website – www.wintercroft.com.  Wintercroft create templates and instructions that enable you to turn unwanted card into beautiful 3D masks that you can build and decorate yourself. This was a great team project.

Inspired by the ‘Junk Couture’ projects that were going on in the art room some of the other participants decided to make their own headdress. We simply cut the foam material into three straight lines, plaited them together and tied them at the back.

“I enjoyed every single bit of this project! I loved going on stage and doing the dancing. I am going to wear my costume again at my club for a halloween party.” – Pauline Rush

“I really thought that it was very good. I loved my character the alien. I had to say “I am an alien! where is my spaceship?” I ran out as a surprise and shocked everybody. I loved my coat and boots. The make-up was great too. The other people’s costumes were very good. I loved the man that was dressed in a suit made out of Tayto packets.” – John Meehan


A lot of our materials were sourced from Recreate Ireland, which has proven to be an amazing asset for our centre.



We really enjoyed working on this project. The icing on top of the cake was the fashion show at the end!

We would like to thank EVE Larine for organising the whole event…..it was brilliant!!!


About HSE EVE Estuary

HSE EVE Estuary Centre is part of Eastern Vocational Enterprise (EVE) and is a training centre for individuals with intellectual disabilities based in Lissenhall, Swords, HSE Dublin North East. We provide a quality service to sixty four individuals.


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  2. Blog Team Airdnua

    That is so impressive. Well done Estuary.

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