Redress Design Award Competition – Open for Entries

Image of past winners and text “Redress Design Award 2021. Applications Open January 8”

What is the Redress Design Award Competition and should you enter it?

WHAT IT IS: The Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition for college students.

Student designers from all over the globe can enter. This year they’ve added an online class called the *Pathway Course to support emerging designers intending to enter the 2021 competition cycle to deepen their knowledge of circular fashion design strategies and techniques, giving them an edge in both the competition and the fast-changing fashion industry.

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 maximize long-term impact. We all know the fashion system needs a major overhaul which is why we’re psyched about the support that Redress gives young designers.

“The Redress Design Award is recognized for identifying talent and producing a global pool of sustainably-minded designers, yet the backbone of this program is actually its extensive educational platform, which reaches thousands more designers than the star finalists that the world gets to see. We know that a shift in education is critical to transforming the fashion industry: without knowledgeable professionals entering the market, a sustainable future for fashion has a tougher challenge.”

— Christina Dean, Founder

So to answer the question above if you’re a student designer then YES you should definitely consider this contest. And if you need more incentive, here’s what the winners from 2020 are now getting:

Juliana Garcia Bello moodboard

Juliana Garcia Bello moodboard

The WOMENSWEAR PRIZE WINNER Juliana Garcia Bello

She will be designing her own ten-piece womenswear capsule collection for award-winning up-cycled fashion brand, The R Collective. She is working with The R Collective’s expert design, manufacturing, marketing and sustainability team based in the dynamic cities of Hong Kong and London and from her hometown for a three-month flexible part time journey. During this, she will design, source diverse waste materials, create techpacks, and be involved in sampling and the creation of her marketing materials. She will be invited to return to Hong Kong for two weeks, during which she will go on a manufacturing trip to a TAL Apparel factory as you collaborate with The R Collective to bring her collection to life.

She also received

  • A one-year full subscription to access all areas of Bloomsbury Fashion Central including the Fairchild Books Library and associated online resources, The Berg Fashion Library and the Fashion Photography Archive*

  • A high-performance lockstitch machine and an overlock sewing machine from JUKI

 

Ngox Ha Thu Le Moodboard

Ngox Ha Thu Le Moodboard

The MENSWEAR PRIZE WINNER Ngoc Ha Thu Le

was invited to join VF’s Timberland Global Apparel design team, participating to design and commercialise a capsule collection for retail, which will launch ready for Chinese New Year 2022 – celebrating the year of the Tiger. Through the development of this collection, she will have the opportunity to work closely with the VF Corporation Sustainability & Responsibility team to ensure that the materials and design strategies applied to the collection maximise its sustainability, and will gain exciting insights from across the supply chain from sourcing to product development, while deepening your skills and understanding around sustainable production and marketing.

She will also receive…

  • A one-year full subscription to access all areas of Bloomsbury Fashion Central including the Fairchild Books Library and associated online resources, The Berg Fashion Library and the Fashion Photography Archive*

  • Receive a high-performance lockstitch machine and an overlock sewing machine from JUKI

 

Ruth Weerasinghe Mood Board

Ruth Weerasinghe Mood Board

The RUNNER UP WINNER RUTH WEERASINGHE

received a tailored mentorship with distinguished sustainable fashion designer and competition judge, Orsola de Castro. Widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in sustainable fashion, Orsola has nurtured many of the pioneering names in sustainable fashion from their early designs through to their established brands. This mentorship opportunity will give you expert and targeted support.

…so what are you waiting for?

*The Pathway Course is open and free for all – so if you’re not ready to enter, have already graduated or simply want to know more about the making of sustainable fashion then check it out. It is divided into four sessions, each rich in practical tips and delivered by leading industry experts.

The course will launch on 15 January with four bi-weekly sessions. Registration is open now until the 26th January with sessions available on replay until the 1 February 2021. Those passing with a score of 80% or more in the end-of-course quiz will receive a completion certificate. Applicants to the Redress Design Award 2021 competition cycle will receive extended access to course content until the competition closing date of 15 March 2021 when registering to the application system.