The EcoChic Design Award 2015/16 is officially open and calling on emerging designers to summit their entries. This sustainable fashion design competition is organised by waste-reducing fashion NGO Redress. This is the fifth year cycle for the award, which will also be celebrated alongside a Fifth Year Anniversary Exhibition at Hysan Place.
Since being inaugurated in 2011, the award now accepts entries from over 100 countries across Asia and Europe. It is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition where designers are challenged to reduce and reuse textile waste. Designers with less than three years’ experience who live in any Asian or European country are invited to submit their entry before 15 August 2015. Applicants must incorporate one or more of the three sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction into their designs. Thirty semi-finalists will be selected in early September 2015 and 10 finalists will be announced 15 September. The finalists will then come to Hong Kong in January 2016 for the Grand Final fashion show during the HKTDC Fashion Week where they will also take part in a series of educational workshops including a design challenge.
Prizes for the award:
First prize: To design a capsule collection using up-cycled textiles for Shanghai Tang.
Second prize: A six-month mentorship with distinguished sustainable fashion designer Orsola de Castro
Special prize: To design a sustainable outfit for Hong Kong supermodel Janet Ma.
The judging panel includes fashion industry players like Raffaele Borriello, Creative Consigliere Shanghai Tang; Orsola de Castro, Fashion Designer, Co-founder of Estethica and Co-founder of Fashion Revolution; Susie Lau (Susie Bubble), Fashion Writer and Editor; Anderson Lee, Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC); and Stephanie Zhu, Fashion Editor Elle China.
For more information on how to enter, visit www.ecochicdesignaward.com