Global Apparel Market – An Overview | Watch NOW! | Ad
Home / Knowledge / News / Fashion / EcoChic Design drives fashion towards sustainable future
EcoChic Design drives fashion towards sustainable future
Jan '14
The EcoChic Design Award 2013 Grand Final fashion show concluded three days of international multi-stakeholder dialogue and discovery to drive the fashion industry towards a more sustainable future.

Redress organised the diverse events between 13-15 January in Hong Kong, starting with The Redress Forum 2014, an original hands-on designer challenge and impactful industry seminar, and culminating with The EcoChic Design Award 2013 winners being announced on the runway at Hong Kong Fashion Week World Boutique.

‘We united East and West and connected today’s leaders with tomorrow’s innovators to spotlight the urgent environmental issues caused by the fashion industry that must be addressed and catalyse lasting change. We can’t be complacent whilst waste and pollution accumulates and natural resources are depleted. The industry must accelerate action to harvest the rewards,’ said Christina Dean, Founder and CEO of Redress.

The fashion industry currently relies on heavy use of resources. It is estimated that the natural resources that go into fibre production every year now demand approximately 132 million tonnes of coal and between six-and-nine trillion litres of water.1 Meanwhile textile waste continues to be a growing concern worldwide; in Mainland China, the total annual production of pre and post-consumer textile waste is estimated to be more than 20 million tons.

With the severity of these environmental impacts comes an urgent need for comprehensive global approaches from multi-stakeholders. Fashion designers play a pivotal part; it is thought that decisions made in design are responsible for 80-90 percent of a product's environmental and economic costs.

Designers transform waste to runway showstoppers

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition challenging emerging fashion designers with less than three years’ experience to create mainstream appeal clothing with minimal textile waste.

This fourth cycle, with major sponsorship from the HKSAR government agency Create Hong Kong, brought together eight finalists from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, France and Germany to present their sustainable collections to an influential audience at Hong Kong Fashion Week World Boutique.

The judges were Orsola de Castro, Co-founder of From Somewhere and Co-founder and Curator of Estethica, Johanna Ho, Fashion Designer, Margaret Kutt, Division Manager Woman Collection & Trend, Gloria Lam, Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Hong Kong and Anderson Lee, Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium.

First prize: The EcoChic Design Award 2013 in Partnership with Esprit Winner was Karen Jessen from Germany with her innovative use of the reconstruction design technique. Karen will now design the 2014 ‘Recycled Collection by Esprit’ for Esprit’s global retail in mid 2014.

‘This eye-opening experience sharpened my perspective about the powerful position I have as a designer. This week has made me more determined to have a sustainable influence on the fashion industry,’ said Karen Jessen.

Click here to read more


Must ReadView All

China reportedly cancels trade talks with US, Liu He visit

Apparel/Garments | On 22nd Sep 2018

China reportedly cancels trade talks with US, Liu He visit

Washington is reportedly positive about arriving at a solution to its ...

AmCham Cambodia cautions US against possible sanctions

Apparel/Garments | On 22nd Sep 2018

AmCham Cambodia cautions US against possible sanctions

In a letter to US lawmakers, the American Chamber of Commerce...

Courtesy: ycloset

Apparel/Garments | On 22nd Sep 2018

Alibaba invests in clothes sharing platform Ycloset

Chinese garment sharing platform YCloset has completed an undisclosed ...

Interviews View All

Neel Sawhney, One Friday

Neel Sawhney
One Friday

‘The share of kidswear segment in the online sector is still small in...

Shiladitya K Joshi, Truetzschler India Private Limited

Shiladitya K Joshi
Truetzschler India Private Limited

India ITME provides a platform to interact with our stakeholders

Top executives, Textile & apparel bodies

Top executives
Textile & apparel bodies

The decision to reduce GST on MMF yarn to 12% is transformational

Rikesh Mistry,

Rikesh Mistry

Jupiter Comtex Pvt Ltd, established in 1973, started its textile machinery ...

Ramez Basmaji,

Ramez Basmaji

Fabusse is a Lebanon-based fashion agency that offers a variety of...

Sarah Perkins,

Sarah Perkins

Fairfax, Virginia-based Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is a...

Marcel Alberts, Eurofibers

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Urs Stalder, Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Johan Berlin, InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Samar Firdos, Arvind Ltd

Samar Firdos
Arvind Ltd

<b>Samar Firdos</b>, Chief Manager (Design) at Lifestyle Apparel Denim...

Hemant & Nandita, Hemant & Nandita

Hemant & Nandita
Hemant & Nandita

The designer duo of Hemant &amp; Nandita are known for being inspired by...

Adriano Goldschmied, AG Jeans

Adriano Goldschmied
AG Jeans

The hype around 'designer jeans' was created by him. And the new wave of...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on

Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies


Leave your Comments

September 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category

Related Categories:

Advanced Search