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Senior's Upcycled Dress Named National Finalist in 'Junk Kouture' Competition

Fox Chapel Area High School senior Marley Pistella has been named a top 30 finalist in the United States in the Junk Kouture contest.  As part of the competition, Marley created a dress, “In Bloom,” from used jeans and other fabrics. Only two students from Pennsylvania were named among the 30 national finalists. 

Marley now moves on to the New York City final that will be streamed on YouTube on May 9, 2023. City finals will be held in Abu Dhabi, Dublin, London, Milan, New York, and Paris, and the top ten designs selected from each final will advance to the Junk Kouture World Final later in 2023. 

Junk Kouture is a sustainable fashion competition open to students ages 13-18 that challenges young people to design, upcycle, and create high-end couture from 100% recycled materials. The competition is the largest sustainable fashion competition for young people.

Marley Pistella in her upcycled dress, "In Bloom"

Marley Pistella and her contest entry, "In Bloom"