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The world’s biggest sustainable fashion design contest, Redress Awards, born in Hong Kong, announces its 10 finalists including local designer Grace Lant.

“Fashion is in crisis. COVID-19 has devastated the business, the balance sheets and is affecting creativity on the drawing board,” says Christina Dean, Founder and Chair of Redress. With the waste levels in the industry set to spike even more due to a drop in retail, and “dislocated supply chains that have stranded inventory and materials globally”, it’s only strengthened Dean’s belief that “only the toughest and most talented designers will survive this crisis, and those designers who can up-cycle waste materials, like our 10 Redress Design Award Finalists, are already ahead of the pack as they enter a new fashion industry.”

Christina Dean, Founder and Chair of Redress

This year’s Redress Awards comes at a poignant and timely period, when even the rest of the fast fashion and high fashion industries and looking to rethink the existing fashion cycles. The 10 global Redress finalists used a combination of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction design techniques, whilst sourcing waste materials generated from all parts of the fashion supply chain and consumers. The Redress Awards is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition – with it’s finale and winner announced in September 2020 in Hong Kong.

Finalists include Hong Kong Grace Lant, Gönül Yigit and Juliana Garcia Bello both from The Netherlands, Inhwa Jin from Korea and Tong Jianlong from Mainland China. The Womenswear Prize winner will join The R Collective, one of the world’s fastest growing up-cycling fashion brands that has sold on Net-A-Porter and Lane Crawford. And the Menswear winner will receive mentorship with experts at VF Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies of iconic brands including Vans®, The North Face® and Timberland®.

Sketches by the finalists of Redress Awards 2020

2020 also marks the 10th cycle anniversary of the award, with many of it’s alumni seeing game-changing moments in their career, such as Kévin Germanier, recently in Forbes’ 2020 Europe 30 Under 30 for Art and Culture and has has his up-cycled collections stocked in MatchesFashion.com, JOYCE Hong Kong and Moda Operandi as well as being worn by A-list celebrities, including Lady Gaga, Björk, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Swift and K-Pop star, Sunmi.

Making waves with the biggest number of public votes in the competition’s history is the Philippines semi-finalist menswear designer, Jann Christian Bungcaras and his up-cycled and reconstructed collection, Adam’s Dominion, which uses a variety of pre and post consumer waste.

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Jing Zhang
Editor at Large
Jing has lived in the UK, Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and now splits her time between the latter two. Despite studying psychology and anthropology, she has worked in media, magazines and newspapers for over 12 years, covering fashion, culture, arts and design, and social issues. Having developed an expertise in Asian creative industries, she's a regular speaker/moderator at forums and events around the world like the Australian Fashion Summit, Fashion Asia and Inside Retail. She appreciates living in extremes and is just as comfortable in luxury spaces as gritty streets. When she’s not working, discovering or globetrotting, she’s reading escapist novels with a glass of red in hand.