[Throwback] It’d been a busy year for Kévin Germanier, our The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 winner. The media furore that followed him from Hong Kong’s runway back to his London home stayed with Kévin until his return to Hong Kong in September 2015 for his winning prize; to spend three intense months creating his up-cycled collection with Shanghai Tang. He hit the floor running, with his trademark charm and smiles in tow, to work shoulder to shoulder with China’s leading luxury brand’s team on each step of the process, from design, production, sourcing, marketing and merchandising, as he prepared his collection, and visions, for sale.
Following her First Prize win for the EcoChic Design Award 2015/16, Polish rising star Patrycja Guzik returned to Hong Kong to embed herself in the Shanghai Tang design team to learn how sustainable fashion can be implemented on a commercial scale. Currently on showcase at the brand’s Duddell Street flagship store in Hong Kong, the resulting up-cycled capsule collection was created from surplus luxury fabrics from the brand’s previous collections. Pat took inspiration from Redress’ hometown, incorporating the rich purples and blues of our megalopolis’ night skyline, and playful ruffle details to emulate Victoria Harbour’s lapping waters into her designs. Click here to learn more about this creative collaboration for change.
In our biggest search for talent to date, with strong support from over 80 fashion institution partners around the world, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce the EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists! Representing Asia, Europe and USA, these 10 designers are now ready to bring to life their "design from waste" concepts that wowed our judges. Transforming a variety of waste materials that include 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 clothing has the potential for revenue as high as RMB60 billion. Find out about each of the designers here.
Israeli designer Lia Kassif wowed the public to clinch the title of EcoChic Design Award 2017 People’s Choice! Her waste-reducing designs, combining military uniforms and wedding gown waste received the majority of votes cast for our 24 semi-finalists’ applications, who collectively received over 4,000 online votes during May. Along with the accolade, Lia will receive a copy of Bloomsbury’s "The Handbook of Design for Sustainability" by Stuart Walker to help further guide her on a path to sustainable fashion design, and she joins the 120+ strong group of EcoChic Design Award alumni working to change the face of fashion. We love Lia’s passion and are looking forward to seeing more from her in the near future!
This year Redress set out on a pursuit for emerging sustainable design talents that spanned Asia, Europe and the USA. During this three-month search, we were overawed by the diverse range of fashion design students and fashion designers who were determined to prove that they have what it takes to cut waste out of fashion. We received a record-breaking number of applications from an impressive 46 countries.
Click here to meet the 24 semi-finalists!
The EcoChic Design Award 2017 is now open to emerging fashion designers with less than three years experience living in any country in Asia, Europe and – for the first time ever – the USA. Applications are open until 3 April 2017, with career-changing prizes up for grabs. Watch the teaser video here and details of how to apply here.
The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 1st Prize Winner Kévin Germanier’s up-cycled collection is set to hit China’s leading luxury brand, Shanghai Tang’s, stores this September. The seven-piece womenswear capsule collection will be the brand’s first sustainable collection; up-cycled using their surplus textile stock, demonstrating that sustainability is part of a growing global trend to create fashion in a more environmentally sustainable way. Click here to find out more.
Mark your calendars! Frontline Fashion – Redress’ very first feature-length documentary – is premiering on Fashion One on Monday 29 August. This 50 minute feature follows 10 talented Asian and European emerging fashion designers determined to change the future of fashion for the better in the world’s biggest sustainable fashion design competition, The EcoChic Design Award. If you, your university, school or organisation are interested in hosting a screening event, get in touch!
We’ve just added our new Building a Sustainable Fashion Business guide and video to our EcoChic Design Award learn platform. Our written guide includes case studies and expert advice from brands already working to improve various aspects of their businesses. Our video guide leans in closer to learn from Patagonia, H&M and our very own alumni, Janko Lam’s brand Classics Anew. Get going with sustainable business!
For a front row seat at our The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 grand final show on 20 January, tune into www.ecochicdesignaward.com at HKT 17.00 / GMT 9.00. No matter where you are in the world, you’re invited to join the excitement as we live stream the fashion show grand final and announce our winners straight to your laptop, phone or tablet. Add 20 January to your diary now.
Our The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 Finalists’ Photo Shoot images have been released. Our ten finalists’ minimal waste designs were modelled by supermodel and competition Ambassador Bonnie Chen. The shoot was held in talented photographer, Tim Wong’s studios, with Creative Direction by Denise Ho. View the behind-the-scenes photos here and watch the video here.
Victor Chu, our Second Prize Winner of The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15, has applied the techniques and theory leant from his competition experience to bring sustainable fashion to life at The Langham, Hong Kong. His minimal waste uniform designs, a fusion of sustainability and elegance, are debuting at the hotel’s two Michelin-star restaurant, T’ang Court. Complementing this, a new locally sourced vegetarian menu has been introduced to the restaurant.
The EcoChic Design Award Alumni Network launched with a networking event in Hong Kong, where the alumni mingled with industry professionals and media representatives. At the event, we showcased ten alumni sustainable brands and held a panel discussion on the topic ‘Is the future of fashion ready for positive change?’. The panel was moderated by Tania Reinert-Shchelkanovtseva, Co-founder of A Boy Named Sue, and speakers were Arnault Castel, Founder of kapok, Anderson Lee, Chairman of Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium and Cherry Wong, Project Manager of The Office of Hon Felix Chung Kwok-pan, Member of Legislative Council.
We are pleased to announce the launch of The EcoChic Design Award Alumni Network, a community bringing opportunities to sustainable fashion designers that are shaping the future of the fashion world. The Alumni Network has over 100 designers from across Asia and Europe ready to be matched with industry professionals who are increasingly interested in collaborating with inspiring sustainable designers in a number of ways that will cultivate bigger change. Read more here, and start posting opportunities here.
Ten emerging fashion designers were announced today as The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 finalists. These talented finalists out-designed a record number of applications received from 40 countries, including newcomer countries such as India, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Iran and Israel, and collectively represent a greater global focus put onto sustainable design amongst emerging designers. Meet the finalists here, and visit our media kit for background information, quotations and images.
After our biggest year for entries to date and a challenging selection process by our regional judges across Asia and Europe, 30 talented fashion designers (15 from Asia and 15 from Europe) have successfully made it through to the international judging stage of the competition. Find out who they are and take a look at their design sketches here.