We have a winner! At the recent EcoChic Design Award 2017 by Redress and sponsored by Create HK, British designer Kate Morris was named the first prize winner with her zero-waste vibrant and colourful print knitwear collection using mixed handcraft with technology. Israeli designer Lia Kassif was awarded second prize and will receive a tailored mentorship with Orsola de Castro as well as the Special Prize where she will have the opportunity to design a sustainable outfit for the Hong Kong indie singer-songwriter Ellen Loo to wear at a public event. Meanwhile, Hong Kong semi-finalist Gao Qing Zi was awarded The EcoChic Design Award 2017 Hong Kong Best with Ear Up Music prize.
The competition – dubbed the world’s largest sustainable fashion competition – received entries from 46 countries. A runway finale was held in Hong Kong followed by a week-long intensive design exploration focusing on exciting solutions to change the face of fashion using zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction technologies.
Winner Kate will now join a team of fashion professionals to create a collection for BYT, a new Hong Kong affordable luxury brand by Redress. Previous collections designed by previous EcoChic Design Award competition winners retail in Lane Crawford and Barneys in New York. Kate’s winning collection – a bright and playful knitwear collection – will be featured in an installation at Lane Crawford.