EcoChic Design Award 2017

EcoChic Design Award 2017

8 June, 2017
10 Finalists Revealed
NEXT-GENERATION DESIGNERS READY TO CHANGE FASHION
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Hong Kong—Redress, organisers of the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, announced the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists who have out-designed a record-breaking number of applicants coming from 46 countries. The 10 talented individuals will now demonstrate Redress' mission, proving that they have what it takes to cut waste out of fashion to a global audience at the EcoChic Design Award 2017 Grand Final fashion show in Hong Kong this September.

Redress Founder Dr. Christina Dean commented, "We know that the next generation can create a new future for fashion. We have seen a huge rise in designer sensitivity towards waste reduction, and with this, a shift towards a circular system for fashion, which improves the environment and creates jobs. Creativity is a big driver for change, and the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists demonstrate this”.

Redress conducted their biggest global search for talent in this competition cycle, leveraging off their strong support from over 80 fashion institution partners around the world. Three powerhouse regions were included, representing the world’s two-biggest clothing importers—USA and Europe—and the world’s largest clothing exporter—Asia—which itself is now home to the world’s fastest-growing fashion retail consumption predictions. And with fashion retail continuing to report slow sales, the focus of the EcoChic Design Award in stimulating sustainable design to promote the circular economy, is priming emerging designers with the spark the industry needs to capitalise on an increasing demand for sustainable fashion.

Now, the 10 finalists will each create their six-piece collections from their home countries, many forging partnerships with factories and brands to get waste direct from source. This is in preparation for September’s Grand Final, where the winners will be announced, and for Frontline Fashion Season 2, the documentary following the designers’ journeys. Through the variety of textile waste streams in designs, including industry samples, and cut and sew waste, along with secondhand garments including kimonos and wedding dresses, the finalists will demonstrate the potential of tapping into the lucrative market of latent textile waste. In China alone the market value of recycling secondhand has the potential for revenue as high as RMB60 billion.

All finalists will travel in style to Hong Kong with a sponsor Cathay Pacific and will experience a luxury stay at The Langham, Hong Kong. The first prizewinner will join the new up-cycled fashion brand, BYT, to design an up-cycled collection for retail on BYT’s future e-commerce platform and at Lane Crawford, Asia’s leading iconic luxury department store. The second prizewinner will receive a mentorship with Orsola de Castro, Fashion Designer, Cofounder of Estethica and Co-founder of Fashion Revolution, to propel his or her career in sustainable fashion design.

Anderson Lee, Chairman of Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC) and international judge, said, “The fact that global fashion talent will be convening in Hong Kong for the EcoChic Design Award’s impactful week of educational workshops and showcase is a testament to Hong Kong’s attractiveness as Asia’s leading fashion hub. Its central location is perfect to drive influence and positive change across the global fashion scene”.

The EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists

Asia
1. Ayako Yoshida, Japan
2. Candle Ray Torreverde, The Philippines
3. Sung Yi Hsuan, China
4. Hung Wei-Yu, China
5. Sarah Devina Susanto, Indonesia

Europe & USA
1. Amanda Borgfors Mészàros, Sweden
2. Claire Dartigues, USA
3. Joëlle Van De Pavert, The Netherlands
4. Kate Morris, United Kingdom
5. Lina Mayorga, USA

Recognising talent

Along with the finalists, another designer has been recognised for her outstanding application. The EcoChic Design Award 2017 People’s Choice award, as selected by the public over a four-week voting period, went to designer Lia Kassif of Israel. She made a lasting impression among the public jury with her EcoChic Design Award application with designs combining military uniforms and wedding gown waste, creating a juxtaposition between the strong meanings these two garment types hold for young Israelis. Along with the accolade, Lia wins a copy of Bloomsbury’s The Handbook of Design for Sustainability, by Stuart Walker.

See the full list of prizes here: www.ecochicdesignaward.com/prizes

View the 10 finalists’ profiles at www.ecochicdesignaward.com/finalists.

By: Ecozine Staff
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