The finalists, representing eight different regions worldwide and selected by an international panel of industry-leading judges, will animate their competition designs for the grand finale fashion presentation in Hong Kong in mid-September, where the winners will be announced. , Redress said in a press release.
Redress, an environmental NGO working to reduce fashion waste, has announced 10 finalists for the Redress Design Award 2022, the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition sponsored by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government’s CreateHK. The main patron. The names of the winners will be announced in September.
The finalists are Ashutosh Panda, India; Chris Miranda, Chile; Drina Marco, Spain; Federico Badini Confaloniari, Italy; Libya Aguirre de Castro, Brazil; Michela Klauberg, Spain; Mohammad Numan Khan, India; Naoda Bandara, Sri Lanka; Patrick Lam, Hong Kong, China; And Ruwanthi Gazadira, Sri Lanka.
Textile waste is a global environmental and economic concern, where more than 50 percent of fast-growing fashion clothes are discarded within a year. Sustainable fashion design requires a combination of creativity and innovation, considering the source material, the impact of production and use, and the reusability of the product at the end of their life.
This year’s finalists explored unique waste streams to create their collection, including hotel bed sheets, kimono and OB silk and damaged deadstock knitted collars. Many finalists have employed zero-waste patterns and other circular design techniques to further enhance the durability of their designs. The educational journey taken by the Redress Design Award contestants also saw three of her alumni – former semi-finalists – reapply this year, earning a place as finalists.
“Competitors are embracing sustainable practices as well as showing new dimensions of color, form and style. We certainly see the next generation of game-changers striving for a better future, “said Angus Sui, one of the judges, creative director of the renowned brand and alumnus of the Redress Design Award.
VF Corporation has a sustainable design collaboration with the Timberland team and offers career-changing prizes for the top finalists, including a development fund of HK $ 50,000 (6,400) for the first prize winner.
Collectively, the work of the finalists demonstrates the power that designers have to transform waste. “As the fashion industry emerges in the post-epidemic world, there is a new sense of urgency and commitment to sustainable production,” he said. Nisa Cornish, executive director of Redress. “These pioneer-minded designers are part of this transformation to transform how we create and use fashion, and it’s an honor to support their journey and showcase their talents.”
In addition to sustainability and creativity, to be final, the 10 designers were judged on criteria such as marketability and scalability, noted international judge Orsola de Castro, fashion designer and co-founder of the fashion revolution. It looks amazing, but you have to sing. “
“Promoting sustainable products is important for the future of the garment industry and young designers from around the world are leading the way,” said Christophe Digoix, chief executive officer of TAL Apparel, another judge.
Next, the 10 finalists will send their complete collection – including four physical appearances and a digital outfit – to Hong Kong for a professional photoshoot, which will be delivered safely via UPS’s carbon-neutral shipping. Led by the grand finale fashion presentation, the designers will showcase their zero-waste and upcycling skills through practical challenges worked by industry leaders.
The public was instrumental in selecting one of the 10 finalists, who automatically advanced to the final round after receiving the most votes. The winner of the People’s Choice Award 2022, Chris Miranda of Chile, will present their collection with nine more emerging sustainable fashion talents at the grand finale in Hong Kong in mid-September 2022.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KD)