A BORDERS high school pupil's recycled gown will go to the ball after winning a place at the final of a London design competition.

Earlston High School pupil Carrie Smith designed a dress made from a range of recycled materials.

As part of the Junk Kouture 2024 competition, Carrie used a wall mural, pistachio nuts, a chandelier and a potato sack for her design.

Now Carrie will join other young designers at the Junk Kouture 2024 London final on May 13.

Earlston High School head teacher Alex Johnson said: “This is a phenomenal achievement for Carrie whose hard work and creativity has resulted in her design being selected from hundreds of entries across the UK.

"We are very proud of Carrie and wish her the best of luck for the Final."

Carrie also thanked Abbotsford House and its staff for supporting her photoshoot within the house's grounds ahead of the competition.

Next week a judging panel will go liv on Junk Kouture's YouTube channel to select their top 10 designs.

The winners of the London heat will then go on to represent the city at the 'World Final'.

The 10 London designs will compete against entries from other cities such as New York, Paris, Milan, and Abu Dhabi.

Last year the world final was held in Monaco, however, the location of this year's event has not yet been revealed.

Nathan McKneff, territory manager for Junk Kouture, added: "Year on year we are blown away by incredible talent from students across our community.

"Months of hard work, commitment and teamwork in the creation of something brilliant - all students should be proud of what they have achieved by completing and submitting their recycled couture design into the competition.”