Following a worldwide search for sustainable fashion design talent, 11 finalists have been announced for the Redress Design Award 2018. Each representing their respective regions, the designers embody a growing movement to bring textile waste back into fashion and take the circular economy mainstream.
The finalists sourced inspiration from a range of complex and topical issues such as climate change, war, gender identity, over-consumption and how the internet has altered our relationships with one another. These 11 emerging designers represent a new generation of socially and environmentally conscious individuals who are determined to make a difference through their actions.
With the level of talent running at a record high, the competition’s expert panel of judges had a challenging task. As a result of neck-to-neck scores, Redress opened a bonus place for an eleventh designer. All finalists will now create their five-piece collections from their homes in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Israel, Philippines, Japan, France, UK, Spain, Denmark and - a first for the competition - India and Australia. Their collections will soon be handed over to the competition’s Logistics Partner, UPS, who will expertly deliver them to Hong Kong in preparation for the Grand Final Fashion Show at HKTDC’s CENTRESTAGE fashion week on 6 September 2018, where the winners will be announced in front of a 1000-strong audience and via global live stream.