Another year, another Redress Design Award. For the 2022 edition of the sustainable fashion competition, three Hong Kong-based designers find themselves semi-finalists — and you can vote to put them in the finals!
In case you’re unfamiliar, the Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition — but it’s so much than that. Each accepted designer goes on a months-long education journey with lectures and workshops that help put a spotlight on the new circular economy and how, exactly, one can design in a way that’s sustainable, scalable and commercially viable.
Think of it as a bootcamp that culminates in a Project Runway-style competition that awards the first-place winner with a chance to join VF’s Timberland team to collaborate on a design project, amongst many, many more prizes (including HK$80,000 worth of development funding).
This year, three Hong Kong-based designers are among the 30 semi-finalists shortlisted from hundreds of applications and you, yes you, have a chance to guarantee their place in the final competition. Before you cast your vote (make sure to do it before the 9 May deadline!), meet the semi-finalists below.
Meet Redress Design Award 2022’s Semi-Finalists From Hong Kong:
If you’re of the opinion that being fashionable and being environmentally friendly are mutually exclusive events, then semi-finalist Lola Clavel very heartily disagrees with you. Clavel’s collection for the Redress Design Award, entitled ‘Past Future Tense’, revisits the Japonisme aesthetic that saw the kimono and embroidered silks transported from then-isolated Japan to European countries at the turn of the twentieth century — to great fanfare.
Clavel’s sustainable approach for her Redress Design Award collection includes using 100% cotton fabrics and end-of-rolls from local retails to create designs out of zero-waste pattern techniques.
“I aspire to be part of a new generation of designers who create more while consuming less,” says Clavel.
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Lam Chi Fu
Splicing, dicing and all manners of deconstruction and reconstruction define Lam Chi Fu’s collection for the Redress Design Award 2022.
“The process of fashioning something new out of old fabric gives me a great sense of achievement and keeps me designing sustainably,” says Lam, who holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Fashion Design from Nottingham Trent University and a Higher Diploma in Fashion Design from the Hong Kong Design Institute.
Lam’s ‘The Mods’ collection draws inspiration from the British subculture movement of the same name in the ’60s and combines military jackets and suiting with denim components to create brand-new silhouettes — generally military-inspired and oversized with heavily layered proportions — from discarded samples.
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The formality that undercuts how and where suiting separates are worn typically takes the fun out of a very stoic sartorial genre. Lorenzo Restagno, with a Master’s degree in Chinese Philosophy from the University of Turin, another in Finance from the University of Luxembourg and extensive studies in contemporary music composition, designs to the beat of a, well, much cooler drummer.
“I believe biodegradability and natural fibres are the most effective solution to the vastness of fashion waste,” says Restagno, semi-finalist of the Redress Design Award 2022.
By nestling three-dimensional floral appliqué into traditional tailoring — all, of course, made sustainably with natural mono-fibres from end-of-roll wool deadstock and unsold cotton twill shirts — Restagno very effectively livens up the workday suit. Just in time for spring!
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Vote for your favourite Redress Design Award 2022 semi-finalist here