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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The Redress Design Awards 2018 are just around the corner! Eleven finalists are competing for the prize, and the winner will be announced on Thursday, September 6the. You can watch the Grand Final Fashion Show yourself via live-stream internationally on their Facebook page.
In the meantime, to introduce the designers to the public, the ‘In Between’ photoshoot by photographer Sam Tso reveals the shortlisted collections from the talented contestants, who hail from a record 55 countries this year.
Angus Tsui, who was a former alumni of the competition, is the mastermind behind the glamorous photo session that took place in The Mills, a historic cotton-mill that was turned into a creative hub.
Check out the designs of the finalists who were part of the striking ‘In Between’ photoshoot. Who do you think should win?
CJ Martin from the Philippines made an oversized dress using up-cycled secondhand curtains and reconstructed jeans and metal snaps.
Ganit Goldstein came up with a textured cape dress, up-cycled from a mixture of shredded textile waste, both pre- and post-consumer.
Hung Wei-Yu from Taiwan used bark lace and up-cycled textile sourced from bridal wear production for a design that was paired with a paneled skirt, reconstructed from secondhand kimonos and obi.
Jesse Lee from Hong Kong designed an up-cycled raincoat, made from damaged umbrellas, paired with oversized wool dress shirt up-cycled from bedsheets, and tailored wide-leg trousers up-cycled from vintage wool.
Lea Mose Svendsen created fringe trousers utilising reconstructed secondhand shirts, and an up-cycled knitted jumper made from cut-and-sew waste.
Lucia Alcaina, representing Spain, up-cycled a wool skirt and asymmetric wool jacket, made from end-of-rolls and factory surplus waste, and embellished them with embroidery and hand-painting.
Lynsey Gibson from the UK presented an up-cycled lace top layered with zero-waste seamless knitted wool dress and sleeve, made from end-of-rolls and secondhand textiles.
Melissa Villevieille composed a jumpsuit, long coat and bomber jacket, from hand-dyed muslin samples, offcuts and silk strips from vintage kimono linings, layered with wool knit vest up-cycled from sustainable yarn she found in her native France.
Jane Fergusson reconstructed a top, a skirt set and a coat from silk linings and obi belts from vintage kimonos she sourced in Japan.
Seerat Virdi from India hand-stitched a tassel dress and matching jacket using cut-and-sew waste, organza strips and surplus silk threads sourced from local markets in India.
Tess Whitfort from Australia proposed a zero-waste jacket and trousers up-cycled from cut-and-sew waste; hand-painted with eco-paints, and embellished with salvaged hardware.