Redress, the Hong Kong based NGO working to reduce textile waste in the fashion industry, opened the ninth cycle of The Redress Design Award, the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is proud to be a sponsor once again this year.
With a focus on emerging designers, the search is now on to find the next big talent who has the ability to impress the judges and the commercial flair to inspire a new wave of conscious consumers. With a career-changing opportunity to collaborate with the JNBY Group (one of China’s leading fashion houses), the winning designer will create a sustainable collection for retail, whilst also supporting Redress’ mission to promote sustainable fashion and catalyse positive change in China’s powerful fashion industry.
“In times of crisis, we desperately need creativity. Fashion’s direct link to waste, pollution and climate change is undisputed. By uniting the 2019 winner with a sustainably-minded fashion brand in China, we can influence one of the world’s most important fashion epicentres whilst showcasing the advances that China is making to clean up its act,” says Christina Dean, Founder and Board Chair of Redress.
Li Lin, President and Chief Creative Director of JNBY Group, noted: “JNBY Group shares Redress’ goal to create a sustainable fashion industry. Last year we launched Reverb, a new circular fashion brand that is transforming our group’s environmental impact. Globally the desire for change, particularly among the younger generation, is evident. We believe in the importance of educating the next generation and look forward to welcoming the next winner of the Redress
Design Award into our team.”
Australian designer Tess Whitfort took home first prize in 2018
According to Redress, the current fashion system is incredibly wasteful, with less than 1% of material used to produce
clothing recycled into new clothing after use, equating to a loss of more than USD100 billion worth of materials each year. But with 80% of a garment’s environmental impact defined at the design stage, designers have tremendous power to change this. The 2018 cycle of the Redress Design Award attracted entries from 55 countries, and with 110 university partners worldwide the competition continues to blaze a trail for sustainable fashion.
With support from two new headline sponsors the competition will also accept applications from menswear designers for the first time since its launch in 2011.
The main prizes for the Redress Design Award 2019 are:
●First Prize with JNBY Group: To join the design team in China to work on a sustainable collection for retail
●Second Prize: A tailored mentorship with Orsola de Castro, Fashion Designer, Co-founder of Estethica & Co-founder of Fashion Revolution
●Hong Kong Best: A guaranteed a place in the Grand Final of the Redress Design Award 2019 Emerging designers worldwide with less than three years’ industry experience are eligible to apply until the closing date on 14 March 2019.
Frontline Fashion 3, the five part digital mini-series hosted by celebrity Cara G Mcilroy, that follows the Redress Design Award 2018 finalists in the final stages of the competition in Hong Kong, launches on 11 January 2019, with new episodes released each week, on Redress Asia’s YouTube channel.
See Frontline Fashion below.