On September 8, Redress, a Hong Kong based NGO announced the winners of the 2017 EcoChic Design Competition, the world’s largest sustainable fashion contest created for emerging designers that challenges talent to create clothing with minimal textile waste.
The 2017 competition, open to designers will less than three years of professional experience living in any Asian, European country or the United States received applications from over 46 countries. Ten finalists competed in a runway show at Hong Kong Fashion Week that showed their design capabilities using textile waste such as bridalwear, military uniforms, damaged yarns and even abandoned umbrellas.
An international judging panel, named British designer Kate Morris won first prize for her vibrant and playful knitwear that focused on zero waste, upcycling and reconstruction. She will now collaborate on a capsule collection for BYT, a new Hong Kong affordable luxury brand and will be featured in an installation at luxury department store Lane Crawford.
The 2nd and special prize was awarded to Lia Kassif who will receive a tailored mentorship with distinguished sustainable fashion designer, Orsola de Castro and create a sustainable garment for indie song writer Ellen Loo to wear at a public event.
Leading up to the event, also had the opportunity to develop a product from Cathay Pacific airline’s uniform waste, reclaimed clothing bins that were refreshed with with sponsor Miele’s care techniques. This experience allowed designers to create an open forum with the supply chain and another way to make an impact on the environment.
2017 EcoChic Design Competition Finalists
photographed by Wing Shya
Learn more at EcoChic Design Award.
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