The Redress Design Awards PhotoShoot 2020 highlights some amazing young talent
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Through the years, Eluxe has been following how the Redress Design Awards have created a vibrant platform for burgeoning eco-designers, ready to shine through their stylish eco-creations.
Recently, the Hong Kong-based competition, whose goal is to promote young design talents to minimise the negative impacts of fashion, has produced a Fashion Shoot, featuring the work of 10 emerging sustainable fashion designers.
This initiative reveals the signature looks of this year’s finalists in advance of the 10th anniversary cycle digital Grand Final, which will be live streamed here.
Finalists will face an international panel of judges to present their full four piece capsule in a bid to win their prize category.
During this race towards the Grand Finale, competitors will be engaged in virtual educational and experiential activities with a focus on design for circularity, supported by the following sponsors: VF Corporation and TAL Group. The event that will announce the Redress winners worldwide will be held on September 3, 2020. Amongst the prestigious fashion brand sponsors, supporting the 2020 edition of the The Redress Design Award are Timberland for the Menswear Prize and The R Collective for the Womenswear Prize. Both labels will allow the winners to work on an ethical capsule collection for retail.
In the electric Photo Shoot that this exceptional and inspirational competition has released this year, elements of city living – think: the hues of neon lights – merge with elements of nature, including organic fibres and textures, thanks to the work of leading Hong Kong creatives Kieran Ho and Karl Lam.
This year, there are an equal number of fashion options for both genders: five womenswear and five menswear finalists showcase a diversified range of creative solutions to breathe new life into waste produced by the fashion industry. What emerges is the importance of protecting our planet worldwide, as designers from different parts of the globe team up for this sophisticated and ethical mission.
These collections created by the Redress finalists are now in Hong Kong ready to be revealed at the Grand Finale, having arrived from their home countries of Sri Lanka, the Republic of Korea, Canada, Argentina, Vietnam, The Netherlands, Australia, Italy,Hong Kong and Mainland China.
The outfits for the men came from by Marie-Eve Aubry from Canada, who made a trench coat and trousers out of secondhand textiles. Beatrice Bocconi from Italy experimented with canvas straps and old sofa padding, dyed with coffee and soil to make a puffa jacket. Inhwa Jin from the Republic of Korea played around with old garments that were reconstructed and painted whimsically. Ngoc Ha Thu Le from Vietnam created a zero-waste patchwork from kimono linings providing a new twist to Oriental fashion; and Gönül Yigit from The Netherlands used a secondhand dress shirt to provide a new look for the 21st century male.
The designers who took care of the womenswear include Juliana Garcia Bello from Argentina, who got creative upcycling secondhand clothing, tablecloths and textiles from her neighbours. Laura Krause from Australia worked wonders giving new purpose to a hand knitted dress and recycled yarns. Grace Lant from Hong Kong used deadstock from her previous collection and recycled wool yarn to make a very modern-chic outfit. Lowe Tong from Mainland China brought to life a full length coat made from biodegradable plant-pulp fabric sampling yardage. Finally, Ruth Weerasinghe from Sri Lanka gave the final touch of elegance by creating a floor length puffa jacket made from damaged airbags and textile waste.
Ready to be inspired by young talent? Check out the Redress Design Awards PhotoShoot 2020, below.
Models: Ana B. and Daniel
Creative Stylist: Kieran Ho
Photographer: Karl Lam
Hair: Marco Chan for KMS
Make-up: Vic Lai for Popstar Cosmetics
Venue: Karl Studio, Chai Wan, Hong Kong
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