EcoChic Design Award 2017

Submission deadline: 3 April 2017, 11.59 am CET

In the past ten years, textile consumption in China has increased by over a half – this means that 150 billion new items of clothing are produced every year. This enormous increase has resulted in 26 million tons of waste from the textile industry in 2013, as explained in an interview by Christina Dean, co-founder of Redress. Since 2007, the NGO has been involved in sustainably produced fashion, and is an organiser of the EcoChic Design Award.

With the aim of educating people, the NGO’s focus is on working with schools and universities, as well as with designers and fashion houses. The EcoChic Design Award is a competition for sustainable fashion design that invites young talents to design everyday clothing with the minimum use of fabric in order to reduce textile waste.

Designers wishing to participate in the Award must incorporate the sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction into their designs, sourcing their own textile waste for use in their collections, which will be judged by a prestigious line-up of global fashion leaders from Asia, Europe and USA. After stringent evaluation by these jurors, ten finalists are nominated to compete on the catwalk of Hong Kong Fashion Week. The grand finale takes place on Centrestage in September. The winner of the first prize will support the BYT design team in Hong Kong in creating and marketing its new upcycling collection. This will be available in BYT’s future online shop and in Lane Crawford shops, Asia’s leading department store. In addition, the prize winner will receive access for a year to the premises of the Fairchild Books Library and the associated sources of Bloombury Fashion Central and The Berg Fashion Library archives.


Fashion designers with fewer than three years’ professional experience, and fashion design students who live in Asia, Europe or the USA are eligible to apply. The details of the application criteria are available online.


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