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EcoChic Design Award 2013
The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition challenging emerging fashion designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste.
The practical application varies among disciplines and there are various types of sustainable design. The EcoChic Design Award focuses on the following:
• Zero-waste: a design technique that eliminates textile waste at the design stage.
• Up-cycling: the recycling of a material into a product of higher quality.
• Reconstruction: the process of making new clothes from previously worn outfits or preformed products.
Each competition cycle takes designers on an education and design journey lasting several theory and design-packed months. Firstly, we educate designers about the fashion industry’s negative environmental impacts and the sustainable fashion design techniques, zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction that can combat this. Secondly, we provide designers with the tools, via lectures, videos, articles and recommended links, in order to develop their understanding of sustainable fashion design. We also challenge them to source textile waste, in its many forms, to enable them to transition towards sustainable design and sourcing. Only then do we put designers to the ultimate test – to cut waste out of fashion – in our standout sustainable design competition.
This puts sustainable design talent in the spotlight and rewards the best with career-changing prizes to change the pattern of fashion.
There is no entry fee.
This competition is open to residents currently living with a valid ID/passport/visa/resident permit in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, France, Belgium or Germany who are aged 18 or above (as of the application closing date on 15 August 2013) and who have less than three years' full time or part time or freelance professional fashion design experience, or are a fashion design student in any year at an educational institute in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, France, Belgium or Germany.
First prize is The EcoChic Design Award 2013 in partnership with Esprit and this winner will design a recycled textile collection for Esprit.
The runner-up prize is The EcoChic Design Award 2013 in partnership with John Hardy and this winner will go on an educational trip to John Hardy’s sustainable production facilities in Bali, Indonesia.
Special Prize: The EcoChic Design Award 2013 in partnership with Sandy Lam and this winner will design a sustainable outfit for artist Sandy Lam for the cover of an international fashion magazine.
Moreover, all finalists and all semi-finalilst will win educational and career-enhancing prizes.