EcoChic Design Award 2017

EcoChic Design Award 2017

19 May, 2017
Redress Announces the Semi-Finalists
“People’s Choice” open for public voting until 22 May

Redress names the semi-finalists for the EcoChic Design Award 2017, 24 emerging sustainable fashion designers determined to change the future of fashion. This, the seventh, and largest cycle of the competition to date saw record-breaking number applications (38% up on the last cycle) hailing from an impressive 46 countries including Japan, Israel, China and the USA. View the 24 semi-finalist profiles

Based on the creativity, originality, sustainability and marketability, Asia regional judges Michelle Bang, Catherine Chiu, Vega Wang, Queennie Yang and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and the Europe and USA regional judges Reet Aus, Michelle Bang, Christopher Ræburn, Magdalena Schaffrin and Stefan Siegel took on the important role of shortlisting the entries down to just 24. It was a tough job with quality at an all time high.

Queennie Yang, Managing Editor of The Business of Fashion China and Asian regional judge commented, “I’m delighted and surprised to see so many talented designers have such enthusiasm for conscious fashion. Some show great potential in their innovative approach and balanced thinking on both the sustainability and business side of the equation. Conscious fashion will only make sense when people really want to wear these clothes and not simply toss them away after a few uses.”

The 24 semi-finalists now face the international panel of judges as they are shortlisted down to the final 10 who willrealise their six-piece waste reducing collections in time for Hong Kong Fashion Week this September.

The People’s Choice

From now until 22 May 2017, the general public can vote for their favourite semi-finalist designer based on their sketches and written statements via The winner of the People’s Choice will be announced on 25 May along with our 10 EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists.

Redress Founder Dr. Christina Dean remarked, “While fashion continues to be one of the most polluting industries in the world, we are reminded by the overwhelming responses in applications that with crisis comes creativity. We are confident that this new wave of designers will continue to prove that sustainability does not mean a compromise in style. Together we can make sustainability not just a fashion statement, but also the accepted the norm.”

Catherine Chiu, General Manager, Corporate Quality and Sustainability Department of Crystal Group and Asian regional judge also commented, “I am very delighted to see so many talented candidates in the area of sustainable fashion. The judging process was hard as the quality of work was so high. I hope all participants will keep up their devotion in promoting sustainable fashion.”

EcoChic Design Award 2017 Semi-finalists

1. Ayako YOSHIDA, Japan
2. Mengsi XIE, China
3. Candle Ray TORREVERDE, The Philippines
4. Burachat TANGJITAREE, Thailand
5. Yihsuan SUNG, China
6. Christian Jay MARTIN, The Philippines
7. Titat KUANTRAKUL, Thailand
8. Lia KASSIF, Israel
9. Weiyu HUNG, China
10. Qingzi GAO, Hong Kong
11. Sarah DEVINA SUSANTO, Indonesia
12. Jarubhorn BRAHMAPHALIN, Thailand

Europe & USA
1. Adriana CAGIGAS, Spain
3. Annihka MURRAY, USA
5. Joëlle VAN DE PAVERT, The Netherlands
6. Kate MORRIS, United Kingdom
8. Lucia ALCAINA POZO, Spain
9. Marta DOLSKA, Denmark
10. Natalia GOLEC, Poland
11. Neri DE MEESTER, Belgium
12. Rachel CLOWES, United Kingdom

About The EcoChic Design Award

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition organised by Redress inspiring emerging fashion designers and students to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Designers are educated with the theory and techniques to enable them to create sustainable clothing via zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction.

The competition puts emerging sustainable design talent in the spotlight, creating a platform for the next generation of designers to cut waste out of fashion. The inaugural The EcoChic Design Award was in Hong Kong in 2011 and the annual competition has since expanded over the last six years to now accepting entries from designers living in Asia, Europe and the USA.

By: Ecozine Staff


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