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It was a big week here for us here in the Redress Hong Kong office as months of application processing and evaluation that saw over 25 judges facing some extremely tough decisions finally came to a close. The unveiling of 10 ten trailblazing sustainable design talents from nine regions who are this year’s The EcoChic Design Award finalists was met with applause and excitement from design studios and fashion universities the world over.
Cher, Carman Chan (Hong Kong)
The 2014 EcoChic Design Award finalists are:
- Cher, Carman Chan (Hong Kong)
- Aya, Xiating Qi (Mainland China)
- Yvonne, Tien Chun Tsai (Taiwan)
- Laurensia Salim (Singapore)
- Veronica, Hsiao Huei Lee (Malaysia)
- Kévin Germanier (United Kingdom)
- Noëlla Tapasu Koy (France)
- Amandah Andersson (Sweden)
- Kirstine Marie Hansen (Denmark)
- Victor, Shing Hong Chu (Wild Card; Hong Kong)
These designers with a passion for change are all pushing the boundaries of sustainable fashion and showing the world that textile waste has never looked so stylish. They were each chosen for their innovative use of a combination of one or more of the sustainable design techniques, including zero waste, upcycling, and reconstruction, in their applications.
Each of the talented 10 finalists is either a designer with less than three year’s industry experience or a fashion design student. The designers are all utilizing an eclectic range of textile waste including end-of-rolls, factory excess, cut and sew and secondhand textiles in their designs, with sustainable textiles sourced themselves from a wide range of places such as China’s factories, Singapore’s secondhand stores and even Switzerland’s Army.
Noëlla Tapasu Koy (France)
The 10 finalists wowed our influential rota of judges with their ‘Modern China Chic’ inspired sustainable collections. The designers now have less than three months to create their six-piece textile-waste reducing collections in time to showcase at Hong Kong Fashion Week in January 2015.
However, only one finalist will win the coveted chance to design a capsule collection using up-cycled textiles for China’s leading luxury brand Shanghai Tang and thus becoming the first emerging fashion designer to ever work with the luxury label. This fantastic collaboration will pave the way for Chinese brands to pioneer sustainability and break the perception of China as solely a manufacturing hub.
The Special Prize Winner will experience first hand sustainable luxury brand John Hardy’s design, production and business philosophies at their workshops based in Bali.
These sustainable pin-up designers will prove to the world that textile waste can be stylish, chic and also conserve the world’s resources for the next generation of designers. It might have been a big week for us but it’s sure to be an even bigger year for these talented 10 that are to the future of sustainable fashion what shoulder-pads were to the 1980s!