Emerging designer Jessica Chang from Taiwan wins 2021 Redress Design Award
Forget about sewing – durability is today’s hottest look. Just as fashion trends can be recycled, clothes can also be treated the same to prevent them from ending up in landfills. At the recent Redress Design Award in Hong Kong, aspiring designers were seen making their way to fashion stardom.
The prize awarded by the environmental NGO Redress is the largest sustainable design competition in the world which urgently seeks to catalyze multiple micro-circular economies around the world in order to reduce the negative impacts of fashion. By incorporating trash into designs that not only relate to consumers but also demonstrate high market value, winner Jessica Chang from Taiwan has proven that fashion doesn’t have to cost the earth.
As part of the award, she will participate in a mentorship program with VF Corporation’s Timberland and design a capsule collection of sustainable clothing to launch in spring 2023.
Ten finalists from the US, UK, Germany, India and Greater China participated in virtual events that included educational challenges, as well as master classes on promoting sustainability and circular design.
These promising talents, who help others notice an opportunity in discarded materials, have secured their place in the competition by impressing the judges with climate-positive clothing through zero-waste designs, extended lifecycles of clothing, end-of-life disassembly and minimal washing requirements.
Following the 11th edition of this competition, all 2021 finalists and semi-finalists will join the 200 other members of the Redress’ Alumni Network, which has seen 60 creators launch their own successful brands over the years.
This article first appeared on September 20, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.