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Nominations are open for the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020

by | Aug 28, 2020

We are very excited to launch the call for nominations for the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020. We feel honoured to be in a position to celebrate the excellent work that has been achieved this year despite, and sometimes because of the current circumstances.

The link to the nomination form is here

We’re looking for designers who implement sustainable, circular and regenerative approaches to design and who foster ethical practices in the industry. Twyg is committed to creating a better future: one of the ways of doing this is to celebrate, support and recognise designers who are working towards the same vision.

The awards come at a time of deep introspection. Getting on with the business of fashion has been hard, sometimes impossible, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have lost their jobs, and the industry has had to think about the ethics and sustainability of its practices. In addition to these existential questions, the Black Lives Matter movement has drawn attention to the lack of diversity in the fashion system. These are issues that Twyg takes very seriously.

Ensure that over the next few weeks you submit your entry as the deadline is Sunday, 4 October 2020. To nominate yourself or someone else, please read the entry criteria carefully here and find the submission form in the link here. Select the most fitting award category as each designer cannot be nominated for more than one category.

The Changemaker Award will not be open for nominations. This category is supported by Country Road and will be awarded to the overall winner – drawn from all the categories and based on the judges scoring results. Country Road’s head designer Maria Rinaldi-Cant will join the panel for the judging of this category.

Our judging panel remains the same as last year and includes Desiree Smal, Kelly Fung, Cyril Naicker, Aaniyah Omardien and Fezile Mdletshe-Mkhize.

Submissions will be judged according to specific criteria for each category. We expect that all our winners (except for the Student Award) will have been in business for at least one year and would be able to demonstrate:

  • Ethical labour practices
  • Transparency in design and manufacturing practices and sourcing of materials

Qualifying work should have been made by August 2020.  The winners will be announced on Thursday, 19 November 2020.

We are very proud to announce our sponsors for the 2020 edition of the awards. This year, we would like to thank clothing retailer Country Road, and PETCO, the PET plastic recycling company, who’ve made these awards possible. We’d also like to thank the British Council for the support that allowed us to explore circular design in Africa this year. We’re very excited to be partnering with Rewoven on a series of digital masterclasses scheduled for November.

The Cape Town Fashion Council has offered support too.


  • To enter first read the criteria and categories here, and then complete the link to the nomination form here. If you have any problems please email [email protected]
  • Image: Amanda Laird Cherry’s upcycled wedding dress at SA Fashion Week. ALC won the Changemaker Award in 2019. 
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