As of December 12th the Fashion for Good Experience opens a temporary exhibition with the outfits of the finalists of the Redress Design Award 2019. Redress is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition from Hong Kong. The unique pieces of the finalists are made by means of upcycling, have “zero waste” or have been assembled with various reconstruction techniques. They are designed by international game changers, with the aim to transform the fashion industry.
The exhibition was officially opened by founder of Redress, Christina Dean and Managing Director of Fashion for Good, Katrin Ley. The opening was attended by students from various fashion schools in Amsterdam such as AMFI and Artemis, and a small group of press, influencers and industry experts were also present.
Writer and sustainable lifestyle expert – and former Redress jury member – Marieke Eyskoot moderated the event and asked Christina a few questions on stage and guided the Q&A with the audience. Anna Schuster (Germany), one of the finalists of the competition, was present at the event, she presented her modern looks for men, made with various techniques such as patchwork, crocheted elements and various repair techniques.
The Redress Design Award 2019 received applications from 43 different countries. The competition promotes sustainable designs and techniques to stimulate growth towards a circular fashion system. First place went to Maddie Williams (UK). The prize includes making its own upcycled retail collection for REVERB, from the JNBY Group, one of China’s largest fashion houses. Winner Maddie used various upcycling and reconstruction techniques in her collection; for example, with the use of textile waste, old yarn and second-hand clothing, thus coming to a zero waste outfit. She is very enthusiastic about winning the Redress Design Award: “That my collection will be included in a commercially upcycled label will be a great learning curve for me! I am going to make an enormous effort to ensure that sustainable, circular principles are central to everything I do. This is the time to tackle today’s environmental problems.”
All outfits of this exhibit in the Fashion for Good Experience are carefully styled on mannequins from Mannequino, the world’s first modular mannequin, designed for a circular economy. The exhibition can be seen daily from the 13th of December 2019 to 13th of January 2020 in the Fashion for Good Experience at Rokin 102 in Amsterdam and entry is free.
Redress is an environmental and innovative NGO with a mission to prevent and transform textile waste to catalyse a circular economy and reduce fashion’s water, chemical and carbon footprints. Their programmes work to change mindsets and practices to stop the creation of textile waste now and in the future, as well as creating systems and partnerships that generate and showcase value in existing waste.
The Redress Design Award (formerly the EcoChic Design Award) is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. The competition works to educate emerging fashion designers around the world about sustainable design theories and techniques in order to drive growth towards a circular fashion system. By putting sustainable design talent in the global spotlight, the competition creates a unique platform for passionate and talented fashion game-changers to transform the global fashion industry and rewards the best with career-changing prizes to maximise long-term impact.
About Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good is the global initiative that is here to make all fashion good. It’s a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. With an open invitation to the entire apparel industry, Fashion for Good convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders united in their shared ambition.
At the core of Fashion for Good is our innovation platform. Based in our Amsterdam headquarters and recently expanding the programme to South Asia, our global Fashion for Good Accelerator Programme gives promising start-up innovators the expertise and access to funding they need in order to grow. Our Scaling Programme supports innovations that have passed the proof-of-concept phase, initiating pilot projects with partner organisations and guided by our dedicated team that offers bespoke support and access to expertise, customers and capital. Our Good Fashion Fund catalyses access to finance to shift at scale to more sustainable production methods.
Fashion for Good also acts as a convener for change, with the world’s first interactive museum dedicated to sustainable fashion innovation. In our headquarters, Fashion for Good houses a Circular Apparel Community co-working space, creates open-source resources like its Good Fashion Guide that provides practical advice to implement cradle-to-cradle™ certified apparel as well as white papers and reports investigating industry practices and developments.
Fashion for Good’s programmes are supported by founding partner C&A Foundation, co-founder William McDonough and corporate partners adidas, C&A, CHANEL, BESTSELLER, Galeries Lafayette Group, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp., Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando and affiliate partners Arvind, Norrøna and Welspun.