We’re delighted to welcome guest blogger Hannah Lane, Communications Director at Redress. TRAID has partnered with them to help spread the word about the Eco Chic Design Award. Hannah tells us more!

There’s only a week to go to apply to The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 – a career changing sustainable fashion design competition searching for emerging design talent ready to cut waste out of fashion. Apply by 15 August 2014 at www.ecochicdesignaward.com

Eco Chic Design Award Hong Kong 2012, Grand Final Winners
Eco Chic Design Award Hong Kong 2012, Grand Final Winners

The competition responds to the large amounts of environmentally-polluting textile waste produced and disposed of around the world. In order to compete for the career-changing prizes up for grabs, applicants must select one or more of the minimal waste design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction, to design a ‘Modern China Chic’ contemporary and wearable womenswear collection that reflects style as much as sustainability.

Eco Chic Design Award
Eco Chic Design Award

Alongside designers from the regions of Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Germany and Sweden, one UK based fashion designer is guaranteed to become a finalist and travel to Hong Kong in January 2015 to show their sustainable collections on the runway at Hong Kong Fashion Week where the winners will be announced.

Applicants can visit an information platform which provides essential learning guides and videos on the theory and techniques behind creating high-fashion designs using minimal waste design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction.

As big advocates of waste reduction in the industry, TRAID is supporting The EcoChic Design Award and their Retail Product Manager, Claire Dawson speaks about reconstruction in the video below.

The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 boasts an influential international and local judging panel who are poised to find the sustainable fashion designers out there who are a cut above the rest. Local UK judges are Melanie Rickey, seasoned fashion editor and founder of fashioneditoratlarge.com, Nin Castle, up-cyclist extraordinaire of the award winning independent label Goodone, and Raffaele Borriello, Creative Consigliere of Shanghai Tang,

PRIZES 1ST PRIZE: THE ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD 2014/15 WITH SHANGHAI TANG The first prize winner will design a capsule collection using up-cycled textiles for Shanghai Tang, China’s leading luxury brand that prides itself as the curator of modern Chinese chic.

2ND PRIZE: THE ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD 2014/15 WITH THE LANGHAM, HONG KONG For the second prize, the winner will team up with renowned luxury hotel, The Langham, to design a sustainable uniform collection for the hotel’s T’ang Court restaurant.

SPECIAL PRIZE: THE ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD 2014/15 WITH JOHN HARDY The special prize winner will win an educational trip to sustainable luxury jewelry brand, John Hardy’s design centre and workshop in Bali, Indonesia to learn about their sustainable luxury business.