ANNOUNCING THE REDRESS DESIGN AWARD 2022 SEMI-FINALISTS
The world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition for emerging talents, the Redress Design Award, announces today its 2022 semi-finalists — 30 talented sustainable fashion designers from diverse regions including Chile, Nigeria, Vietnam, Hong Kong and others — and kicks off the voting for its People’s Choice Award.
The press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDRESS DESIGN AWARD 2022 SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED, WITH SUSTAINABLE FASHION TALENT EMERGING FROM FIVE CONTINENTS
People’s Choice Award voting now open until 9 May 2022 – winner guaranteed spot in the 2022 Grand Final Fashion Presentation
[20 April 2022, Hong Kong] Today the Redress Design Award, organised by Redress with Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the Lead Sponsor, announces its 2022 semi-finalists – 30 talented sustainable fashion designers from diverse regions including Chile, Nigeria, Vietnam, Hong Kong and others – and kicks off the voting for its People’s Choice Award.
The public is invited to vote HERE for their favourite designer among the semi-finalists. The winner of the most votes will be fast-tracked to the final round of the competition, where they will present their collection at the Grand Final Fashion Presentation in September 2022, alongside nine other finalists to be selected by an international panel of expert judges.
In their search for the ten finalists and, ultimately, the winning designers, the judges will be looking for creativity and originality; sustainability and innovation including skillful use of circular design techniques; marketability and scalability; and in the Grand Final round, workmanship.
All 30 semi-finalists will join the Redress Design Award Alumni Network. Currently over 240 designers strong, the network offers ongoing support to designers as they develop their careers in sustainable fashion, providing opportunities such as exclusive retail collaborations and promotion of their work to targeted industry professionals and the media. Each designer will also receive a selection of digital fashion books from Bloomsbury Publishing.
The ten designers who advance to the final stage of the competition, to be announced on 10 May and including the People’s Choice Award winner, will be eligible for career-boosting prizes including a design collaboration opportunity with Timberland and a development fund of HK$50,000 (US$6,400) for the First Prize winner; a development fund of HK$15,000 (US$1,900) and a tailored mentorship programme with distinguished sustainable fashion designer and competition judge, Orsola de Castro for the Runner-up; and a development fund of HK$15,000 (US$1,900) for the Hong Kong Best Prize winner, as well as a high-performance JUKI sewing machine for each of all three winners, among other prizes.
The Redress Design Award 2022 received applications from 47 countries and regions, including for the first time in the competition Guatemala, Myanmar, Rwanda, and Slovakia. The emerging designers showcased exceptional creativity in their use of circular design strategies to reduce carbon footprints in their applications. “Year on year, the quality of the applications we receive keeps improving. It is amazing to see these emerging designers from all over the world proposing so many diverse solutions to make our industry circular,” shared Morgane Parizot, Redress’ Education Director.
The Redress Design Award 2022’s Semi-finalists are:
In tandem with the main Redress Design Award programme, a new ‘Rising Talents’ programme from Redress launches this year, offering exclusive sustainability enrichment experience to four talented designers who have not been selected as semi-finalists but whom the Redress team have found to demonstrate exceptional potential in their applications. Taking place in spring 2022, the first edition of the programme aims to enrich the selected designers’ knowledge in circular fashion through mentorships, project pitching, and other educational activities. Upon successful completion of these activities, the designers who graduate from the Rising Talents programme will be admitted to be Redress Design Award Alumni and will remain eligible to apply to future cycles of the competition.
Now in its 12th cycle, the Redress Design Award works to educate worldwide emerging designers about sustainable design strategies and put fashion game-changers in the global spotlight to accelerate the shift towards a circular fashion system. With projections for overall apparel consumption to rise by 63% if the global population rises as expected to 8.5 billion people by 2030, there are vast opportunities for the fashion industry to meet the world’s demands while offering options that safeguard the environment for the next generation. (1)
The coveted People’s Choice Award of the Redress Design Award 2022 is now open for public voting until 9 May 2022. Find out more about this cycle’s semi-finalists and vote for your favourite designer at https://www.