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Yesterday Hong Kong fashion NGO Redressed announced the 24 semi-finalists for this years cycle of the EcoChic Design Award 2017. This is the seventh, and largest cycle of the competition to date, and it saw a record-breaking 38% increase in numbers of applications from the last cycle. The entries hail from an impressive 46 countries including Japan, Israel, China to name a few.

Two panels of regional judges shortlisted applications from the regions of Asia, and Europe and the USA – a tough job with quality at an all time high. The panels included leading designers Christopher Ræburn, Vega Wang and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and Business of Fashion China’s Queennie Yang. 
The 24 semi-finalists now face the international panel of judges as they are shortlisted down to the final 10 who will get to realise their six waste-reducing collections in time for Hong Kong Fashion Week.
Whats new for this year is The People’s Choice - from now until 22 May 2017, the public can vote for their favourite semi-finalist designer based on their sketches and written statements on The winner of the People’s Choice will be announced on 25 May along with the 10 EcoChic Design Award 2017 finalists. So get involved!
For all the 24 semi-finalist profiles look at
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Ayako Yoshida is currently studying fashion design at ESMOD Kyoto. 

"My inspiration comes from Tsukumogami, the obsolete tools which according to Japanese folklore acquire a spirit after many years, even if they are broken. Tsukumogami can apply to how I see sustainable fashion. By  joining this competition, I hope to learn more about sustainable fashion design and how I can make a positive change on the environment." - Ayako Yoshida

For her EcoChic Design Award application, Ayako applies the design techniques of reconstruction and up-cycling to transform abandoned materials such as discarded tatami mats and old kimonos into beautiful pieces giving them a new lease of life.


Up-cycling, Reconstruction




Burachat Tangjitaree is currently studying fashion design at the Bunka Fashion Academy, Thailand.

"In this world of fast fashion, we have lost our sense of value in what we buy. I would like to show people the beauty and value beneath the surface of our clothes - the memories embedded in each flaw and stitch. Just like an artist’s brush stroke contains meaning and can tell a story, in my creations I want to express the uniqueness of each piece through its fabric and make people think twice about secondhand clothing". - Burachat Tangjitaree

For her EcoChic Design Award application, Burachat applies the up-cycling and reconstruction techniques to transform cut-and-sew waste and secondhand garments. Her inspiration comes from the fabrics themselves and a desire to inspire others to see greater value in the clothing they buy.


Up-cycling, Reconstruction




Candle Ray Torreverde currently works as a visual merchandiser and stylist. He holds a degree in Fashion Design and Marketing from SoFA Design Institute in Manila, the Philippines. 

"As fashion designers it is our responsibility to live and breathe sustainability to minimise waste, and we have the creativity to do wonderful things! Through my collection I want to highlight how vulnerable we are to mother nature. Her revenge on us will be severe if we continue our irresponsibility towards the environment." - Candle Ray Torreverde

For his EcoChic Design Award application, Candle Ray applies the design techniques of up-cycling and reconstruction along with the use of natural dyes to transform secondhand textiles and clothes. His inspiration comes from the chaos brought about by sea storms.


Up-cycling, Reconstruction




Christian Jay Martin is currently the Creative Director of his own fashion brand and holds a diploma in Fashion Design and Marketing from the SoFA Design Institute in Manila, the Philippines.

"Sustainability means creating something beautiful and functional without wastage and abuse, and taking conscientious steps in the design process. It is a way of giving back to mother nature for all the nurture and inspiration she has given us. I wanted to become a sustainable designer because although there are fashion designers who adopt such practices in the Philippines, efforts to raise awareness are not enough to create a substantial impact in the fashion and textile industry." - Christian Jay Martin

For his EcoChic Design Award application, Christian Jay utilises the up-cycling and reconstruction design techniques to transform secondhand clothing. He takes his inspiration from cycles of growth in the natural world.


Up-cycling, Reconstruction




Gao Qing Zi is currently studying Fashion and Textile design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

"Fashion does not have to be an environmental burden and I believe positive change is happening. As a designer, I want to create fashion that is sustainable and serves every individual, as opposed to creating high end labels of excessiveness to serve a privileged few." - Gao Qing Zi

For her EcoChic Design Award application, Qing Zi utilises up-cycling and reconstruction techniques to transform textile swatches, damaged textiles and secondhand clothing. She is inspired by the fear of ageing by young generations, and has a desire to demonstrate that fashion sense and style is timeless. 

Hong Kong

Up-cycling, Reconstruction




Hung Wei-Yu holds a degree in Fashion Design from the Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, and currently runs his own fashion brand as well as works in a cosmetics company as Chief Brand Officer.

"Having worked in both the wedding and fashion industries, I have experienced regular switches back and forth between traditional and trend-led design with new lines released each season. The resulting waste created from this system made me question my own design approach and whether through clothing design, it is possible to have more of a social conscience and to make fashion more sustainable." - Hung Wei-yu 

For his EcoChic Design Award application, Wei-Yu is inspired by Japanese influences and culture, and the Japanese patchwork style of Boro. He utilises the zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction design techniques on wedding dress samples, secondhand kimonos and waste textiles.

Mainland China

Zero-waste,  Up-cycling, Reconstruction




Jarubhorn Brahmaphalin is currently studying Fine and Applied Arts in Fashion and Textile Design at Bangkok University, Thailand.

"Sustainable fashion should be made to last; but for me, it is also an opportunity to tell stories through unique design. As an avid scuba diver, I have seen the damage caused by our changing climate and understand first hand how important nature is. We should do everything we can to save our planet." - Jarubhorn Brahmaphalin

For her EcoChic Design Award application, Jarubhorn takes inspiration from the bleached corals in Southern Thailand. She applies the design techniques of zero-waste and up-cycling to "mawata" silk waste, to create soft, asymmetric silhouettes, reminiscent of traditional Thai sailor outfits.


Zero-waste, Up-cycling




Lia Kassif is currently studying fashion design at the Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Israel.  

"My awareness of the negative impact that the fashion industry has on the environment, humanity and natural resources was raised after attending an inspiring lecture by Orsola de Castro. I have become more sensitive to this subject and have been exploring alternative options for producing and manufacturing contemporary fashion. As a designer I find it an amazing challenge to use and transform old to new to contribute to a better future." - Lia Kassif

For her EcoChic Design Award application, Lia applies the up-cycling and reconstruction design techniques to combine military uniforms and wedding gown waste, creating a juxtaposition between the strong meanings these two garment types hold for young Israelis.


Up-cycling, Reconstruction




Sarah Devina Susanto holds an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design from the Raffles Institute of Higher Education, Jakarta, Indonesia and currently works as a fashion designer for an independent womenswear brand.

"To me sustainable fashion means creating and maintaining a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility. I want to be a sustainable fashion designer to raise awareness toward our environment and show consumers that we can make beautiful clothes using textile waste." - Sarah Devina Susanto

For her EcoChic Design Award application, Sarah applies the up-cycling technique to cut-and-sew waste, hotel bedsheets and jute sacks, which are of great cultural importance in Indonesia, transforming them into beautiful clothes.






Sung Yi Hsuan is currently working as a womenswear design assistant and holds a degree in Fashion Design from Shih Chien University, Taiwan.

"Making the most of our possessions can be very satisfying but this does not fit with the current model of the fashion industry. I have been inspired to experiment with all kinds of waste in my previous collections -  finding renewed value in waste drives my work creatively forward." - Sung Yi Hsuan

For her EcoChic Design Award application, Yi Hsuan is inspired to juxtapose discarded mass-produced, fast fashion items with the age-old technique of weaving to symbolise a spirit of awakening in a time of anxiety. She applies the design techniques of up-cycling and reconstruction to damaged industry textiles and secondhand clothing waste. 

Mainland China

Up-cycling, Reconstruction




Titat Kuantrakul holds a degree in Fashion Design Technology from London College of Fashion, United Kingdom. He currently works as a freelance fashion marketing consultant for emerging fashion designer brands, and as a buyer for an online shopping retailer in Thailand.

"I believe that one of the best and most sustainable ways to approach fashion design is to create everlasting, timeless pieces. I aim to create classic yet fashionable, strong yet delicate, elegant yet sweet designs, that reflect modern femininity." - Titat Kuantrakul

For his EcoChic Design Award application, Titat applies the design technique of reconstruction to counterfeit clothing sourced from a local wholesale market, which would otherwise be slashed or incinerated by authorities. Giving the textiles a second life by cutting and handweaving into new materials, his elegant collection draws on inspiration from the extravagance of Victorian era elites.






Xie Meng Si is currently studying fashion design at the Guangdong University of Technology in Guangzhou, Mainland China.

"I believe sustainable fashion design can reduce the burden on our living environment. Giving new life to abandoned things with our hands, so that they are re-accepted by others is a very interesting concept for me and something I aim to bring to my work." - Xie Meng Si

For her EcoChic Design Award application, Meng Si applies the design techniques of up-cycling and reconstruction to bring new life to end-of-rolls, sampling yardage, damaged textiles and clothing waste. Her collection is inspired by gender ambiguity and the development of sustainability concepts in design. 

Mainland China

Up-cycling, Reconstruction

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