What an opportunity! Over time, we, consumers, normal people of the world, are taking the helm to lead the big conglomerates of the world. Yes! It is not a joke, we have the power, and what a power! That is why Zara is investing in an eco fashion collection, or H&M is increasing its eco-conscious one! Yes, they do it because we are telling them with our wallet we want it .
Now, Redress gives us the opportunity to do more. You still do not know what is Redress? It is NGO with a mission to promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry by reducing textile waste, pollution, water and energy consumption. This NGO invented in 2011 the EcoChic Design Award, a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. And now, Redress is naming the semi-finalists for the EcoChic Design Award 2017, 24 emerging sustainable fashion designers determined to change the future of fashion.
This 24 semi-finalists now face the international panel of judges as they are shortlisted down to the final 10 who will realise their six-piece waste reducing collections in time for Hong Kong Fashion Week this September. And, people, we can also vote!
Redress announces the Ecochic Design Award 2017 Semi-finalist. Now, it is time for the “People’s Choice”, open for public voting until 22 May.
The best of the best in sustainable fashion design
Based on the creativity, originality, sustainability and marketability, Asia regional judges Michelle Bang, Catherine Chiu, Vega Wang, Queennie Yang and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and the Europe and USA regional judges Reet Aus, Michelle Bang, Christopher Ræburn, Magdalena Schaffrin and Stefan Siegel took on the important role of shortlisting the entries down to just 24. It was a tough job with quality at an all time high.
Queennie Yang, Managing Editor of The Business of Fashion China and Asian regional judge commented, I’m delighted and surprised to see so many talented designers have such enthusiasm for conscious fashion. Some show great potential in their innovative approach and balanced thinking on both the sustainability and business side of the equation. Conscious fashion will only make sense when people really want to wear these clothes and not simply toss them away after a few uses.
The People’s Choice, where we can vote our favourite
Until 22 May 2017, the general public can vote for their favourite semi-finalist designer based on their sketches and written statements. The winner of the People’s Choice will be announced on 25 May along with the 10 EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists.
Redress Founder, Dr. Christina Dean, remarked, we are confident that this new wave of designers will continue to prove that sustainability does not mean a compromise in style. Together we can make sustainability not just a fashion statement, but also the accepted the norm.
Catherine Chiu, General Manager, Corporate Quality and Sustainability Department of Crystal Group and Asian regional judge also commented, I am very delighted to see so many talented candidates in the area of sustainable fashion. The judging process was hard as the quality of work was so high. I hope all participants will keep up their devotion in promoting sustainable fashion.
So, it is now or never. We all can make a better fashion future with our vote. Just have a look at the proposes below and choose your favorite one. We all can vote!
Sustainable fashion Semi-finalists from Asia
Ayako Yoshida, Japan
Mengsi Xie, China
Candle Ray Torreverde, The Philippines
Burachat Tangjitaree, Thailand
Yihsuan Sung, China
Christian Jay Martin, The Philippines
Titat Kuantrakul, Thailand
Lia Kassif, Israel
Weiyu Hung, China
Qingzi Gao, Hong Kong
Sarah Devina Susanto, Indonesia
Jarubhorn Brahmaphalin, Thailand
EcoChic Design Awards semi-finalists from Europe & USA
Adriana Cagicas, Spain
Annihka Murray, USA
Amanda Borgfors Mészàros, Sweden
Claire Dartigues, USA
Joëlle Van de Pavert, The Netherlands
Kate Morris, United Kingdom
Lina Mayorga, USA
Lucia Alcaina Pozo, Spain
Marta Dolska, Denmark
Natalia Golec, Poland
Neri De Meester, Belgium
Rachel Clowes, United Kingdom
+ In the main image: Pat Guzik’s Heaven is a Place on Earth Collection, winner of EcoChic Design Award 2015/16.
+ Read about the designers and vote your favorite: EcoChic Design Award 2017