The world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, the Redress Design Award announces the 2019 cycle semi-finalists. The 30 outstanding designers represent the brightest talent in a growing swell of ambitious young designers working to tackle the environmental challenges of the fashion industry. As the world wakes up to the enormity of fashion’s negative footprint, from carbon emissions, water pollution and chemical use to spiralling over-consumption and waste, the Redress Design Award showcases the critical role designers can play in finding solutions.
Focusing on the need to eliminate textile waste the competition challenges emerging fashion designers and students to explore the circular economy through the core sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction. Redress Founder & Board Chair, Dr. Christina Dean noted “If the fashion industry carries on with a business-as-usual linear model, carbon emissions from textile production alone are set to rise by more than 60% by 2030, but these emerging designers give us hope for a future where textile waste is valued, and where responsible design, production and consumption with circularity in mind are the norm.”
The 30 semi-finalists now face the next round of assessment by the International Judging Panel of industry experts to decide the final short-list of 10 finalists who will be taking part in an intensive week of sustainable fashion education and design challenges in Hong Kong this September. The climax of the competition will see the finalists showcase their collections during a live Grand Final at Hong Kong’s CENTRESTAGE, where they will vie for First Prize – the opportunity to design a sustainable collection for a brand of JNBY Group, one of China’s leading fashion houses.