The Ecochic Design Award is the first international sustainable fashion design competition bringing together Asian and European fashion designers who share the vision of a low-impact environmental fashion industry.
For the next four months the ten finalists will bring their competition sketches to life and reveal their up-cycled competition collections at The Ecochic Design Award 2014/15 Grand Final, in late January 2015 during the HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion Week.
Hong Kong based NGO Redress organizes the competition with strong support from the HK government agency Create Hong Kong.
The lucky winner will design their own capsule collection and be the first to work with Shanghai Tang, China’s leading luxury brand.
The special prize winner will visit John Hardy’s workshop in Bali, Indonesia, and experience first-hand the sustainable luxury brand design, workshop and business philosophies.
The prestigious panel of judges are Orsola de Castro (Co-Founder of From Somewhere and Curator of Estethica), Dorian Ho (Fashion Designer), Anderson Lee (Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium Vice Chairman), Joseph Li (Shanghai Tang Womenswear Chief Designer) and Yvonne Luk (WGSN China Chief Editor).
Here are the ten Ecochic Design Award 2014 nominees:
Amanda Anderson, Sweden
Aya, Xianting Qi, Mainland China
Cher, Carman Chan, Hong Kong
Kevin Germanier, UK
Kistirne Marie Hansen, Denmark
Laurensia Salim, Singapore
Noëlla Tapasu Koy, France
Veronica, Hsiao Huei Lee, Malaysia
“Thinking about the negative impacts that the fashion industry has and the positive power that we designers have in reducing pollution makes me want to be a sustainable designer. At first, sustainable fashion was challenging for me, but I’m now really enjoying it after learning how great sustainable design techniques and fabrics can be.”