At Redress we know that the learning journey for all participants stretches well beyond the competition’s grand final week in Hong Kong, so we match our ten finalists with sustainable fashion experts who provide valuable mentorships in their area of expertise. Our 2017 cycle mentors hail from the worlds of retail and design, making and marketing, and are guiding our new alumni in their next career steps within the circular economy.
Click here to explore all our alumni designers and to catch up with their latest developments.
CEO and Founder of C.L.A.S.S.
Giusy Bettoni is CEO and founder of C.L.A.S.S., a unique worldwide platform set up in 2007 that showcases exclusive fashion, textiles and materials created using smarter sustainable technology for fashion designers, industry and business. Giusy has been working within the textiles system for more than 30 years, starting with 'hands-on' experience within the raw material market development sector and ingredient branding approach working for major international organisations. She is also an international consultant for responsible innovation for Premiere Vision, the leading fabric fair, and an advisor for Eco-Age and the Redress Design Award. Giusy is mentoring 2017 finalist Lia Kassif, offering advice and guidance as Lia develops her own sustainable fashion brand.
Founder of Goodone
Nin Castle is the founder of award-winning sustainable fashion label Goodone. Passionate about sustainable design, Nin believes that good design should by definition ensure the wider social and environmental impact are at the forefront of the product. With 13 years of experience designing and working in sustainable fashion, Nin has developed a design method: remanufacturing. Built upon a central principal of reuse, re-manufacturing uses leftover and waste materials from mass production, whilst maintaining standardisation and productivity in the cutting room - a process that ultimately reduces the percentage of virgin materials needed. Nin is mentoring 2017 finalists Kate Morris and Joëlle van de Pavert, enriching their knowledge around sustainable fabrics and reclaimed textiles.
Orsola de Castro
Fashion Designer, Co-founder of Estethica and Co-founder of Fashion Revolution
Orsola de Castro is a fashion designer and campaigner. She founded the luxury up-cycling label, From Somewhere in 1997 and has since created up-cycled collections for niche and mass markets, including Speedo, Tesco and Topshop. In 2006 Orsola co-founded Estethica, an international platform to showcase sustainable brands at London Fashion Week. In 2013, she co-founded Fashion Revolution, the global coalition of academics, designers, organisations and key opinion formers who are demanding increased transparency in the fashion value chain. Orsola is a regular speaker at many universities and also provides keynote speeches at various fashion summits around the world. Orsola is mentoring 2017 finalist Sung Yi Hsuan, on furthering her fashion career.
Dr Alison Gwilt
Fashion design academic, consultant and researcher
Dr Alison Gwilt is a fashion design academic, consultant and researcher exploring methods and approaches to design for sustainability that enable fashion and textile practice to make a positive contribution within society. Alison's publications include Shaping Sustainable Fashion (co-authored with Timo Rissanen), A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion (Bloomsbury 2014), and Fashion Design for Living (Routledge 2015). Alison holds a BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles Design from Central St Martins College of Art in London, a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne, and has worked in academia in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Alison is mentoring 2017 finalists Candle Ray Torreverde and Sarah Devina Susanto, further developing their sustainability thinking within fashion design.
Tara St James
Founder of Study NY, Production Coordinator and Research Fellow of BF+DA
Tara St James is a fashion designer and research fellow. Tara first launched Study NY with 10+ years experience designing in Canada and the US, producing in NYC’s garment district using ethical fabrics and production methods. Shortly after starting Study NY, Tara focused on educating the next generation of designers on the importance of sustainability in design. Tara has extensive lecturing and teaching experience in NYC and is currently working as Production Coordinator and Research Fellow in the Sustainable Strategies Lab for Pratt’s new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA). Tara is mentoring 2017 finalists Claire Dartigues and Lina Mayorga, offering valuable advice as they develop their own sustainable fashion brands.
Fashion Stylist, Director of Ethical Fashion Japan
Io Takemura is a PR practitioner and fashion stylist. Io is the founder and Director of Ethical Fashion Japan - a PR company focused on promoting ethical fashion. Also working as a fashion stylist, Io believes in ethical fashion and has been creating work around these issues since 2005. She won the Eco Art Competition in Tokyo in 2006 and has since styled various shows including Estethica catalogue at London Fashion Week and ‘Fashioning the Future’ at London College of Fashion. Io holds a BA (hons) in Fashion Promotion and Illustration (2006) from the UK and went on to study for an MA in Fashion. Io is mentoring 2017 finalist Ayako Yoshida on furthering her fashion career in Japan.
Content Manager, Global Fashion Agenda, Copenhagen Fashion Summit
Sofia Tärneberg is a Content Manager at Global Fashion Agenda and currently works on content creation for the Global Fashion Agenda and the Copenhagen Fashion Summit - building on her broad experience working with sustainability issues across the fashion supply chain in Europe and Asia. Sofia is also co-author of Redress’ book, Dress [with] Sense, advisor for the Redress Design Award and a Board Member of Redress. Previously, Sofia was Programme Director for Redress, responsible for strategy and management of educational content across a wide range of programmes. Sofia has a Bachelor in Fashion Promotion and a Masters in Ethical Fashion (specialising in consumer engagement) from the University of the Creative Arts. Sofia is mentoring 2017 finalist Amanda Borgfors Mézaròs to further develop Amanda's understanding of sustainable fashion.