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Meet the Ecochic Design Award Finalists 2014

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By Chere Di Boscio

It’s one of the most anticipated sustainable fashion events in the world, and now the EcoChic Design Competition finalists have been announced. The Ecochic Design Award is an exciting one indeed: it is the first international sustainable fashion design competition bringing together Asian and European fashion designers who have a shared goal of promoting an environmentally low-impact fashion industry vision.

Organised by Hong Kong-based fashion NGO, Redress, the event has strong support from the Hong Kong government agency, Create Hong Kong, and boasts a prestigious panel of judges, including Orsola de Castro, Co-Founder of From Somewhere and Curator of Estethica, Dorian Ho, Fashion Designer, Anderson Lee, Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium, Joseph Li, Chief Designer of Womenswear at Shanghai Tang and Yvonne Luk,
Chief Editor of WGSN China.

The lucky winner will design their own capsule collection using up-cycled textiles for Shanghai Tang, and in doing so become the first emerging fashion designer to work with China’s leading luxury brand. But the second prize winner will also have a wonderful opportunity: he or she will design textile waste-reducing staff uniforms for Hong Kong’s legendary 5-star hotel, The Langham, Hong Kong, for their two-star Michelin-restaurant, T’ang Court.

The special prize winner will go on an enlightening educational trip to sustainable luxury brand, John Hardy’s workshops located in Bali, Indonesia to experience first-hand the brand’s sustainable design, production and business philosophies.

Here’s a selection of just half the finalists, who shared their inspiration, their vision and their mood boards with us. Which one would you choose? Learn more about the design awards here:

Ecochic Design Award Finalists 2014

Amandah Anderson

Name: Amandah AnderssonRegion: Sweden

Occupation: Freelance designer

Design technique: Reconstruction

I think the only way for the fashion industry to survive is through sustainable fashion. As a designer, I have the responsibility to come up with new ideas for the fashion industry; not just what it looks like but how it works. I want to be a sustainable fashion designer because not being one, or not even trying to be one, means to me that you don’t value your given power as a designer.

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Kevin Germanier

Name: Kévin GermanierRegion: United Kingdom

Occupation: Student at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Design technique: Up-cycling

“For me, sustainable fashion is one way of expressing myself. It feels amazing to be able to create clothes and at the same time to protect the planet. As a young and passionate designer, it is very important for me to feel useful. Sustainable fashion challenges me and since I love solving problems, it matches my personality perfectly. I think sustainable fashion is only at the beginning of its real potential and I want to be a sustainable fashion designer in order to experiment, discover and share its unique aspects with others around the world.”

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Aya, Xiating Qi

Name: Aya, Xiating QiRegion:Mainland China

Occupation:Graduated from ESMOD Beijing in 2014

Design technique: Reconstruction

I have always loved reconstructing unwanted clothes and this was the reason that I entered fashion school. But since discovering fashion’s negative impact on the environment, I’ve developed a much greater desire to learn and practice sustainable fashion. My dream is to become a sustainable fashion designer. 

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Cher, Carman Chan

Name: Cher, Carman Chan

Region: Hong Kong

Occupation: Designer at The Igloo Studio

Design technique: Zero-waste and up-cycling

” I was deeply captivated when I first learnt about the environmental impacts of the industry.  It has inspired me to find creative solutions and unconventional sources of fabrics for my designs. I´m excited to show the world my sustainable designs. ”

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Noella Tapasu Koy

Name: Noëlla Tapasu KoyRegion: France

Occupation: Freelance Designer

Design technique: Up-cycling

I’m African and raised with two cultures, and so it’s important for me to give back to my country what it gave to me. I want to do my best to help sustainable development including sustainable fashion. Why? Because sustainable fashion creates jobs, conserves natural resources and thereby creates a closer relationship between politicians and citizens.An old French proverb says « everything is good in the pig » which means when you kill a pig everything can be used and there is no waste. It’s the same for fashion. There is no waste, just fabrics awaiting a second wind to become an exceptional piece. Modern fashion needs this type of sustainable idea.

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