Talented designers for sustainable fashion sought

Eco Chic Design Award 2017

Zero-waste design and upcycling, along with circularity, are some of the most promising concepts of sustainable design. But most young designers themselves need to gain familiarity with these design methods, for expertise in this field is only just growing. Redress, a non-governmental organisation, has taken it upon itself to place experts at the side of outstanding newcomers, enabling them to test their concepts in the market. It was with this in mind that the Eco Chic Design Award was created, which this year is in its seventh round.

The aim of the award is to find new and creatives ways of designing the manufacture of clothing in future completely without materials loss. Thus, over many months in the selection process, all participants are informed of the current situation in the textile industry as regards environmental impact, so that in stage two they can be provided with means of solving these problems.   

As already in previous years, in 2017 the first prize will offer a chance for the winner to put his or her own collection on the market. For this purpose Redress will this year launch the BYT label, under the aegis of designer Kévin Germanier who, jointly with the winner, will develop an affordable luxury collection of Asian fabrics and upcycling materials. The collection will be marketed in selected branches of the Chinese chain Lane Crawford. The second prize is a mentorship by the eminent upcycling designer Orsola di Castro from London, who has made an international name for herself through her label From Somewhere.   

Otherwise in 2017 designers from the USA will also be able to enter for the first time. Close of registration is 3 April 2017.