Fast fashion is a phrase used to describe the trend of low-cost garments sold by multinational brands. Bulk buying of short-lived micro trends has caused fashion to become the second largest polluter on the planet. However, young people across the country have been turning the rapid production and waste of this industry on its head. 

An example of this creativity is the annual Junk Kouture competition, which challenges young people to upcycle materials into high fashion garments. Junk Kouture’s slogan is “the future is circular,” and brings together students across Europe to see often discarded materials through a different lens. 

One Limerick school has an incredible track record in this competition. Students at Colaiste Nano Nagle have frequently been awarded top prizes for their designs and many students involved have gone on to make waves in the industry. 

For this week’s episode, Live 95’s Aislinn Kelly met Aisha Khan, Khadija Bibi and art teacher Sarah Nestor who gave a tour of their incredible art room, home to their archive of beautiful garments  and the newly nominated piece `Tonnes of Tradition” which has made it through to the world finals in London.

For more in this series listen in to Live 95 every Thursday at 11.05am