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Redress Design Awards finalists turn waste into want

by | Sep 11, 2018

On the first day of New York Fashion Week, slow fashion had its moment in Hong Kong. Last Thursday 11 emerging sustainable designers from around the world showed their collections at the Grand Final of the Redress Design Award 2018, the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition.The collections were made entirely from waste, including secondhand clothing industry surplus, vintage kimonos, broken umbrellas, sofa fabric and furniture offcuts. At the event, Tess Whitfort, from Australia, was announced as the winner of the First Prize with her punk-inspired collection made from up-cycled industry end-of-rolls and designed with zero-waste patterns.

The Hong Kong-based Redress, an environmental charity working to cut waste out of fashion, created the fashion competition in 2011 to encourage the transformation of the global fashion industry. Founder of Redress, Christina Dean says, “The scale of textile waste across the fashion value chain is staggering… an estimated 92 million tons of textile waste is now generated each year.”

Alumni Angus Tsui was the creative director of the finalists shoot, ‘In Between’, which was shot in Hong Kong’s historic cotton mill-turned-creative hub. Tsui says, “I think their work is so thoughtful, especially as they present a myriad of beautiful and viable solutions that can lower the environmental impact and pollution of our industry.”

Here is the shoot Tsui shot. See for yourselves what the designers have created:

Tess Whitfort, Australia

Winner of First Prize

Zerowaste jacket and trousers upcycled from cut and sew waste; handpainted with eco paints, and embellished with salvaged hardware.

Jesse Lee, Hong Kong

Winner of The Redress Design Award 2018 Second Prize with Orsola de Castro and The Redress Design Award 2018 Hong Kong Best Prize Winner

Upcycled raincoat made from damaged umbrellas, paired with oversized wool dress shirt upcycled from bedsheets, and tailored wide-leg trousers upcycled from vintage wool.


Sarah Jane Fergusson, Japan

Winner of the The Redress Design Award 2018 Special Prize with Cara G

Reconstructed top and skirt set and coat, made from the silk linings and obi belts of vintage kimonos.

CJ Martin,The Philippines

Oversized dress made from upcycled secondhand curtains and reconstructed denim jeans and embellished with metal snaps.

Ganit Goldstein, Israel

Textured cape dress upcycled from a mixture of shredded textile waste, both pre and post consumer, and woven in the traditional technique of ikat.

Hung Wei-Yu, Taiwan

Top created from bark lace (handmade by designer) and upcycled textiles sourced from bridal wear production; paired with paneled skirt reconstructed from secondhand kimonos and obi.

Lea Mose Svendsen, Denmark

Fringe trousers made from reconstructed secondhand shirts, with upcycled knitted jumper made from cut and sew waste.

Lucia Alcaina, Spain

Upcycled wool skirt and asymmetric wool jacket made from end of rolls and factory surplus waste, embellished with embroidery and handpainting. Design by Lucia Alcaina.

Lynsey Gibson, United Kingdom

Upcycled lace top layered with zero waste seamless knitted wool dress and sleeve, made from end of rolls and secondhand textiles.

Melissa Villevieille, France

Jumpsuit, long coat and bomber jacket all upcycled from hand-dyed muslin samples, offcuts and silk strips from vintage kimono linings, layered with wool knit vest upcycled from sustainable yarn. Sustainability-editor-at-large for Vogue Australia explained on her Instagram that Melissa cut offcut waste silks into ribbons then used an embroidery machine to transform them into lace.

Seerat Virdi, India

Reconstructed hand stitched tassel dress and matching jacket made from cut and sew waste, organza strips and surplus silk threads sourced from local markets in India.

Photo Credits:

Models: Bonnie Chen, Zuzana T

Creative Stylist: Angus Tsui

Photographer: Sam Tso

Make up: Donald Chiu, Popstar Cosmetics & Karen Yiu, HK Makeup Artist

Hair: Marco Chan for KMS

Venue: The Mills, Hong Kong

Judging panel for The Redress Design Award 2018:

Included Orsola de Castro (Fashion Designer, Co-founder of Estethica & Co-founder of Fashion Revolution), Denise Ho (Fashion Director, The R Collective), Johanna Ho (Fashion Designer), Roger Lee (CEO, TAL Group) and Clare Press, (Sustainability Editor-at Large of Vogue Australia)


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