The EcoChic Design Award 2013, organised by fashion NGO Redress Asia, ended last week in Hong Kong with a bang. The winners were announced on the runway at Hong Kong Fashion Week World Boutique.
‘We united East and West and connected today’s leaders with tomorrow’s innovators to spotlight the urgent environmental issues caused by the fashion industry that must be addressed and catalyse lasting change. We can’t be complacent whilst waste and pollution accumulates and natural resources are depleted. The industry must accelerate action to harvest the rewards,’ said Christina Dean, Founder and CEO of Redress.
The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition challenging emerging fashion designers with less than three years’ experience to create mainstream appeal clothing with minimal textile waste. This fourth cycle, with major sponsorship from the Hong Kong SAR government agency Create Hong Kong, brought together eight finalists from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, France and Germany to present their sustainable collections to an influential audience at Hong Kong Fashion Week World Boutique. The judges were Orsola de Castro, Co-founder of From Somewhere and Co-founder and Curator of Estethica, Johanna Ho, Fashion Designer, Margaret Kutt, Division Manager Woman Collection & Trend, Gloria Lam, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Hong Kong and Anderson Lee, Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium.
First prize went to Karen Jessen of Germany, who used reconstruction techniques in her design. She wins a partnership with global retailer, Esprit, and will design their “Recycled Collection by Esprit”
Second prize went to Louise de Testa from France. She will go on an educational trip to leading sustainable jewellery brand, John Hardy’s design and production facilities in Bali to experience their design, production and business philosophies.
The EcoChic Design Award 2013 Special Prize Winner was also Karen Jessen. She was selected by Asian artist, Sandy Lam. Karen will reconstruct a used outfit from Sandy’s wardrobe for her to wear to ‘redress’ consumers’ attitudes towards sustainable fashion.
Well done to Karen Jessen and Louise De Testa to winning the awards, and all the finalists!
Here is one of Singapore finalist, Phee Ng’s creations for the Award. She was inspired by the Singapore’s city skyline and married it together with traditional sewing techniques. She is currently a graphic designer.
For her The EcoChic Design Award 2013 Collection, Phee is combining up-cycling and reconstruction design techniques to create new outfits using cut-and-sew waste from her own production and secondhand garments sourced from her friends and family.
Check out some of the designs of the other finalists!
China Finalist Xinyan Dai
See you at next year’s awards!
++ Agy Lee blogs on Upcycling and Green Issues in Singapore at Green Issues by Agy
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