The 2021 Redress Design Award Winners Announced



For the 11th year, one of the world’s largest sustainable upcycled fashion design contest - Redress Design Award - unveiled the most up-and-coming sustainable designers. This year, Redress joined forces with Timberland, honouring the first prize winner, Jessica Chang, with an exclusive project with the brand.



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With the notion of reducing textile waste and inspiring designers, Redress Design Award tasked participating designers from 58 countries to source local waste and create their competitive collections through reconstruction, upcycling and zero-waste techniques.



“My final collection was rather simple compared to the others but I’ve always held confidence in them,” said Jessica after the winning show. Aimed at reducing the frequency of garment washing, her unisex collection is designed with breathable panelling, surplus deadstock and second-hand clothing. Named “The Wall”, her collection explores walls in forms of protection or barriers, whether it’s in nature, architecture, or our emotions.” Angus Tsui, one of the international judges and Alumni designers mentioned, “We are looking for a design that fits the Timberland aesthetic, that is marketable, wearable and their potential in reconstruction, which Jessica’s collection outstands the others.” Jessica will be invited to work with Timberland for 9 months, where she will further develop under a corporate setting. “The designers need some guidance on who the audience is, how to engage with them, what is the narrative, explained Mahmoud Salahy, vice president and managing director of Timberland Asia Pacific.


Following Jessica, Jin Pei-wen, who is also from Taiwan, scored the runner-up prize with her womenswear collection “Tangram Club”. Other awardee are Tulika Ranjan, winning the People’s Choice Award earlier in the competition, and Psy Lau, winning the Hong Kong Best Prize.



We spoke with several finalists on their approach to incorporating sustainability in their designs given the requirements of RDA.




Finalists are welcomed to the Redress Design Award Alumni Network, supported by 200 designers from the globe, regularly collaborating with brands and showcasing their design with the fashion community - CENTRESTAGE. The ultimate goal is to encourage consumers to shop better, support sustainable designers, collection and extend the lifespan of their clothing pieces. 


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Yoyo Ho
Luxiders Magazine