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EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Up-cycled and reconstructed pom-pom playsuit made from discarded yarns and secondhand garments, designed by Amy Ward, Germany.

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Up-cycled woven dress and jacket made from discarded care labels and industry surplus textiles, designed by Esther Lui, Hong Kong. 

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Zero-waste designed and up-cycled pleated jacket and dress made from secondhand bedding, designed by Sara Kiani, United Kingdom.

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Up-cycled ruffled jumpsuit made from cut-and-sew waste, designed by Belle Benyasarn, Thailand.

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Up-cycled top and skirt with felt detailing made from discarded wool and leather scraps, designed by Pan Wen, China.

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Up-cycled tasseled dress made from end-of-roll textiles, designed by Tsang Fan Yu, Hong Kong. 

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Up-cycled top and trousers with iron scorch print detailing made from discarded textiles, designed by Wang Di, China.

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Up-cycled printed pleated top made from secondhand bedding with zero-waste trousers, designed by Annie Mackinnon, United Kingdom.

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Up-cycled colour-block sleeveless tunic and dress made from surplus industry and vintage textiles, designed by Cora Bellotto, Spain.

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016
20 Jan 2016

EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016

Reconstructed and up-cycled tufted jacket and trousers made from secondhand garments and damaged textiles, designed by Patrycja Guzik, Poland.

Fashion is a magical thing - like art, it can inspire and excite, with the added bonus of making you look and feel good. But as much as we love all things fashion (and shopping, of course), the manufacture of clothing, leather goods and accessories are scarily taxing on the world’s natural resources. Just imagine how much fabric is needed to make clothes for the world’s current population of 7 billion people.

That’s why it’s always great to hear of brands and initiatives taking the step to creating a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry, like non-profit organization Redress. Every year since 2011, the environmental NGO has organise the EcoChic Design Award, a sustainable fashion design competition for young, emerging designers from all over Asia and Europe.

This year, the competition’s 10 finalists have each come up with a six-piece collection which will be shown at the grand finals in Hong Kong today. The winner will get to create an eco-friendly capsule collection for luxury brand Shanghai Tang.

Naturally, the designers have all used eco-friendly techniques to create their clothes - and on top of that, they’ve developed brand new fabrics using everything from recycled bridal gowns to hotel bed sheets. The result? Pieces that are chic, quirky and environmentally sound.

Click through above for a look at their work, modelled by international model Bonnie Chen and shot by renowned photographer Tim Wong. Who knew being kind to the environment could look so good?

Not going to be in Hong Kong today to catch the EcoChic Design Award 2015/2016 grand final? You can still watch it live from 5pm on the EcoChic Award website here.

Photos: Redress & EcoChic Design Award

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