August 15, 2020
Redress, the environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry, reveals the signature looks of the Redress Design Award 2020 Finalists in advance of the 10th anniversary digital Grand Final on 3 September, where winners will be announced online to a global audience.
In early September, the finalists will face an international panel of judges – among returning judges Christopher Raeburn, Orsola de Castro, and Susie Lau – to present their full four-piece capsule in a bid to win their prize category. The Redress Design Award 2020 Menswear Prize – a first for the competition – is sponsored by iconic outdoor brand Timberland and the Redress Design Award 2020 Womenswear Prize is sponsored by award-winning up-cycled fashion brand, The R Collective. Both prizes provide the opportunity for winning designers to work on a sustainable capsule collection for retail.
Finalist Ngoc Ha Thu Le (@le_ngochathu) born and raised in Vietnam, one of the largest textile producers and exporters is determined to prove that a sustainable apparel industry is entirely possible in her home country. The designer takes inspiration from Japanese-style Americana, creating more sustainable versions of classic menswear items. Stay tuned as her final collection will be presented at the Grand Final Show in September!
The artistic direction of the photoshoot highlights the earth’s elements projected behind models, symbolizing the importance of preserving and protecting the planet, and supports the sentiments of this international cohort of finalists who address a sophisticated range of urgent and topical environmental issues through their work. The finalists’ collections are now in Hong Kong ready to be revealed at the Grand Final, having arrived from their home countries of Sri Lanka, the Republic of Korea, Canada, Vietnam, The Netherlands, Albania, Italy, and the Mainland via competition Sponsor UPS’ carbon neutral shipments.
In the lead, up to the Grand Final, the finalists will continue the comprehensive educational journey provided by the Redress Design Award, via virtual educational and experiential activities with a focus on design for circularity. These include challenges supported by VF Corporation and TAL Group and educational sessions with industry experts, all designed to support the finalists in their onward careers into sustainability.
The Redress Design Award 2020 Grand Final is open to all and will be live-streamed on Thursday 3 September 2020, at 7 pm (HKT) /12 pm (UKT), reaching a global audience including industry professionals, media and VIPs. Save the date via the Facebook event HERE