We celebrated the launch of the eighth cycle of our flagship programme, the Redress Design Award (formerly the EcoChic Design Award) – the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition - with an event underpinning our mission at Eaton House in Hong Kong on January 19th. A panel of industry experts reflected on the current state of sustainable fashion and why 2018 represents a critical tipping point for consumers, designers and brands to incorporate sustainability across the supply chain. We also heard from Redress Design Award Alumni designer Victor Chu on his experiences participating in the competition and his latest design collaboration with new up-cycling brand, The R Collective, which was on display.
The Redress Design Award is now open to emerging designers with less than three years’ professional fashion design experience and – for the first time ever – is accepting applications from every corner of the globe. Designers have an opportunity to win multiple career-boosting prizes including the chance to retail designs with The R Collective and a tailored mentorship with up-cycling queen Orsola de Castro. All 10 finalists will travel to Hong Kong to showcase their waste-reducing collections in a live Grand Final and will receive prizes from sponsors Common Objective and Bloomsbury Publishers.
The 30 semi-finalists of the competition, to be announced in April, will join 130 other designers in the Alumni Network, our global group of fashion game-changers, who continue to inspire each other to spark new approaches to sustainability whilst supporting Redress’ push for positive change in the fashion industry.