The Redress Design Award 2018 is now open globally to emerging designers and students with less three years’ professional experience.
In a year which is widely marked as a critical tipping point for consumers, designers and brands to incorporate sustainability across the fashion value chain, the 2018 cycle of the world’s largest sustainable design competition has expanded to a truly global search for emerging talent. Amidst ongoing industry pressures to produce more clothes at less cost, the Redress Design Award continues to shine a light on the push for sustainability, and the growing power of the circular economy, whilst championing emerging talent to fuel this new future for fashion.
Various career-changing and educational prizes are up for grabs, including first prize with The R Collective to create an up-cycled collection for retail, a mentorship with sustainable visionary, Orsola de Castro and multiple other professional prizes. The ten finalists will later compete to win in Hong Kong in early September 2018 at a live grand final fashion show at the city’s fashion week.
Applicants are tasked to design a sustainable collection that re-claims unwanted textiles in unexpected ways and they must source 100 percent textile waste for their competition collections. In addition to this, designers must incorporate one or more of the three core sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction in their designs.
The Redress Design Award, formerly known as the EcoChic Design Award, rebranded in January 2018 to align the competition more closely to organizers Redress and the overarching mission to reduce textile waste to fuel the circular economy for fashion.