Redress Design Award


How do I submit my application?

All applicants must submit their applications via Redress’ online application system here. To begin your application, click 'Create a new account' and an activation email will be sent to the email address associated with that registration.

If you have not received the email, please check your spam or junk mail folder. You can also try adding to your address book to see if you can find the activation email. If you still don’t see the email, please request that another activation email be sent to you.

I cannot access my online application account, what do I do?

Please refresh the page, login with another browser or restart your computer. If the problem remains, please create a new account with a different email address or contact

I lost my password, what do I do?

Please click 'Can't access your account?' in the login page ( to reset your password, an email will be sent to the email address associated with that account. If you have not received the email, please check your spam or junk mail folder. You can also try adding to your address book to see if you can find the email.

I have submitted my application, can I change my submission?

No, you will NOT be able to amend your application including your artwork and textile waste selections once submitted. After the submission, any subsequent changes to the application will be rejected and you may be disqualified from the competition.

I have submitted my application and I did not receive a confirmation email, what do I do?

A confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with that registration. Please check your spam or junk mail folder. You can also try adding to your address book to see if you can find the confirmation email. If you still don’t see the email, please contact

Can i submit my application form using the word or pdf document?

No, we do not accept any WORD or PDF application forms. Redress may only consider this from applicants in very special circumstances.


About sustainable fashion

What is sustainable fashion design?

Sustainable fashion design is guided by core sustainability principles that take into consideration the economic, environmental and social impacts of a product’s entire lifecycle. The design, sourcing and production of sustainable garments should have a neutral environmental impact, positive social impact and manufacturing methods that are both financially viable and fair for all people involved. 

In addition to this, sustainable fashion design and production may also include the adoption of circular economy models. Here, resources, such as textile waste, energy and water outputs that are routinely created and then wasted along the entire fashion supply chain are re-designed, re-imagined and re-purposed to create new products which require minimal or no virgin resources. This is in contrast to the traditional linear model which creates a constant flow of waste whilst draining our limited natural resources. 

What are sustainable design techniques?

The practical application varies among disciplines and there are various types of sustainable design. The Redress Design Award specifically focuses on the following:

  • Zero-waste: a design technique that eliminates textile waste at the design stage.
  • Up-cycling: the transformation of materials into products of equal or higher quality. In fashion, this means prolonging the life of waste textiles through creativity. At Redress we have further categorised waste materials used in up-cycling to be textiles that have never been made into any garment form or textiles from non-clothing products. We categorise the reuse of material waste that is in garment form as reconstruction.
  • Reconstruction: a form of up-cycling and is the process of making new clothes from waste formed of previously worn garments or preformed finished clothing products. This process involves first deconstructing garments and then reconstructing the waste materials into new designs.

Learn more about these three sustainable design techniques here:

What are sustainable design strategies?

Sustainable design strategies are approaches that can be applied to a garment’s lifecycle, optimising the usage of materials, and resulting to innovative and low-impact solutions. For example: design for minimal waste, design for durability, design for disassembly, design for multifunctional use and design for recyclability.

For the competition, in addition to the three sustainable design techniques, it is not essential that you apply further sustainable design strategies to your collection. However, if included, these strategies will be taken into consideration during judging under the sustainability category (30 marks). See section ‘What are the judging criteria?’ for more information.


About Redress Design Award

Who can apply?

The Redress Design Award 2018 is for emerging fashion designers aged 18 years or above (as of the application closing date on 13 March 2018). Applicants may be newly established designers with less than three years’ professional fashion design experience or be fashion students in any year at a university or institute. The competition is open to applicants with a valid ID/passport/visa/residence permit.

Can I apply using unisex designs?

Yes, as long as they fit the design brief, you can apply using unisex or androgynous designs. 

What are the prizes?

First Prize: The Redress Design Award 2018 with The R Collective
Second Prize: The Redress Design Award 2018 Mentorship with Orsola de Castro
People's Choice Award: The Redress Design Award 2018 People's Choice

Plus, all ten finalists and all 30 semi-finalists will win educational and career-enhancing prizes. More information about all of the career-changing prizes can be found here: 


Who are the regional and international judges?

Regional judges: There are two semi-final judging panels, each consisting of five judges representing design, retail and media sectors. These panels of judges will assess the open applications from their respective region to select the top 30 semi-finalists, 15 from region 1 and 15 from region 2. The regional judges will not be involved in the direct selection of the finalists or the winner(s). 
International judges: There is one international panel composed of five judges who will assess the 30 semi-finalists to select the ten finalists, five from region 1 and five from region 2. The same international panel will judge the grand final fashion show to determine the winner(s). 

Read about the regional and international judges here:


What is the judging schedule?

Open application judging will take place from 13 March 2018 to determine the 30 semi-finalists, who will be announced on 17 April 2018 on the

The semi-final judging will take place from 17 April 2018 to determine the ten finalists, who will be announced on 15 May 2018 on the   

The final judging will take place at Hong Kong's Fashion Week CENTRESTAGE in early September 2018 to determine the winners with the results announced live on the runway.

What are the judging criteria?

Applicants designs will be scored in three categories in the open application and semi-final rounds and in four categories in the grand final round, with variable weighting in each category according to: 

  1. Creativity and originality (20 marks) - Applicants must demonstrate strong, original design concepts and have the ability to translate the concept throughout the entire collection with consistency.
  2. Sustainability (30 marks) - Applicants must demonstrate their overall understanding of sustainability and the three design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction and must be able to apply sustainable design strategies with innovation and technical confidence. If you reach the grand final round, your sustainability knowledge will be further assessed during the design challenges in Hong Kong as part of your final sustainability marks.
  3. Marketability (20 marks) - Applicants must demonstrate that their designs are suitable for the target consumer with unique qualities and strong commercial viability, and, clear potential to be scaled up for production.
  4. Workmanship (20 marks, applicable to the grand final round only) - Finalists must demonstrate that all five of their outfits are made to the highest standard with top quality finishing and that their chosen materials are appropriate for the designs and techniques used.

When are applications due?

Applicants must submit their application via the Redress Design Award 2018 application form online before Monday 13 March 2018 at 11:59pm (local time in applicants region).

Can I apply if I’m self-taught and have no formal fashion design training and/or professional fashion design experience? 

Yes, as long as the application criteria are met and you are over 18 years of age and have less than three years’ full time, part time or freelance professional fashion design experience. 


No, you cannot apply. Only applicants with less than three years’ professional fashion design experience can apply - whether the experience is full time, part time, freelance or whether you had a career gap. Applicants may be required to submit their curriculum vitae. 

Do I need to make my own garments?

Yes, finalists are required to sew their Yes, finalists are required to sew their own garments themselves. Marks will be awarded for workmanship in the final. garments themselves. Marks will be awarded for workmanship in the final.


Yes, however only if applicants are eligible to apply and have not previously won the first and second prize in the grand final of past cycles of the EcoChic Design Award. 

Can I apply more than once within the 2018 competition cycle?

No, you may only apply once per competition cycle. Your first application only will be accepted, any subsequent application will be rejected.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my application?

Please email

If your enquiry cannot be answered by email, then a telephone or Skype call may be arranged if needed.

Does it cost anything to enter the competition?

There is no fee to enter this competition. If reaching the final, applicants will have to bear the costs for their own materials/textiles/trims, allocate their own personal time to produce their competition collection, pay for five pairs of shoes to accompany their grand final show collection, and provide packing materials for shipping of outfits to Hong Kong such as carton boxes, tapes, garment bags. Redress will pay for the actual shipping costs of your collection outfits to Hong Kong. Redress will also cover the costs of the fashion shoot, the travel and accommodation of the finalists’ visit to Hong Kong and all costs related to the grand final fashion show and exhibition(s). Finalists must prove that they are in possession of a valid travel document, and adequate travel medical insurance for their visit to Hong Kong. 

Can I use branded fabrics?

Yes, you can use branded fabrics as long as they are waste textiles. However, the branding (e.g. logo) must be transformed to be unrecognisable in your finished designs.

Can I use new trims (such as zips, buttons and etc) for my collection?

Yes, you can use new trims but a preference will be shown for sustainable materials.

Do I need to speak English to be able to apply?

Applicants are required to speak English or Chinese to be able to apply. The application system and guidelines are available only in English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese, and all applicants are required to use one of these three languages. Any other languages submitted will not be processed. 

A fairly good level of English is required for semi-finalists and finalists to be able to take part in interviews, judging and various grand final week activities in Hong Kong. 

Can I select my own models, hair and makeup and music for the Grand Final fashion show?

No. Redress determines all the creative input for the Grand Final, including styling, makeup, hair, models, music, photography and filming.  

Can I provide my own show shoes for the Grand Final fashion show?

Yes. The ten finalists will need to supply their own show shoes for their entire five outfit collection when they come to the grand final in Hong Kong. Finalists need to supply five pairs of show shoes in European size 39 and 40. Shoes are part of the show presentation but are not for judging, however, a preference for sustainably made shoes is shown. We recommend the same style of shoes for all five outfits for consistency.

Can I accessoriSe my outfits at the Grand Final fashion show?

Yes if you wish to, accessories are optional, The same competition design requirements apply and they will be included for judging purposes. However, Redress reserves the right to determine if submitted accessories are to be included in the grand final fashion show presentation of collections and no hair pieces will be accepted. All accessories must be sent together with the five outfits on 19 July 2018.  

What will happen to my Five outfit designs after the competition?    

Redress owns four outfits made by the finalists for further educational and promotional activities after the competition. The designer shall be credited if and when their outfits are displayed following the competition’s completion. The remaining outfit will be given back to finalists at the end of grand final week.

What are the 'Redress Design Challenges'?

The Redress Design Challenges are a series of workshop style events for the finalists that take place in Hong Kong in late August/early September 2018. The finalists will explore a variety of sustainable design strategies and/or sustainable design techniques such as zero-waste, up-cycling, reconstruction, through various education activities and practical design challenges. The exact subject of challenges will be confirmed nearer to the event date. All finalists are required to attend these challenges and they may be recorded for use in the Frontline fashion documentary TV series and/or general video promotion. Finalists’ performance in these challenges may also be taken into consideration with marks going towards the ‘sustainability’ category in the final judging of the Redress Design Award. 

Who organises the fashion shoot?

Redress will organise a fashion shoot in Hong Kong in late July/early August 2018 (exact date TBC). Redress’ stylists will determine all styling including the possibility of mixing a number of garments from any five outfits of the same finalist for one look. Only one final photo per finalist will be chosen for promotion.


For the open application and the semi-final rounds, all unsuccessful applicants and semi-finalists will be notified by email. For the grand final judging, all finalists will know the competition results as they are announced live at the grand final fashion show.

What happens if someone drops out or is disqualified?

In the event that a successful finalist drops out or is disqualified for whatever reason, it is under the digression of Redress on whether the finalist’s collection would be shown, and we may contact the next runner-up from the same region in order to provide a replacement.  

Who are the organisers?

The Redress Design Award was developed by and is wholly organised by Redress. Redress is a pioneering Hong Kong based NGO working to reduce textile waste in the fashion industry. We achieve this through a variety of dynamic programmes which work to minimise the negative impacts of fashion, whilst promoting innovative new models and driving growth towards a more sustainable industry via the circular economy. Working directly with a wide range of stakeholders, including designers, manufacturers, brands, educational bodies, government and consumers, we aim to create lasting environmental change in fashion.

Who are the key partners of The Redress Design Award?

The Redress Design Award’s major sponsor is Create Hong Kong. In addition, the competition relies on a strong network of sponsors, and supporting organisations including universities and fashion organisations across the world.  See a list of all the partners here: 

About The Redress Design Award 2018 with The R Collective

What is The R Collective?

The R Collective is a pioneering fashion brand and social impact business that dares to dream and ambitiously wants to prove that fashion can be a force for good. Based in Hong Kong, The R Collective was born from Redress’ 10-year legacy promoting sustainable fashion, and is already spearheaded by some of the world’s leading sustainable design talent. The R Collective rescues and up-cycles surplus luxury materials that are destined to be wasted and transforms them into beautiful, enduring affordable luxury designer pieces through various product drops with distinguished retailers using socially respectful and brave business practices. Lane Crawford, Asia’s leading department store, and Barneys New York retailed the first wave of R Collective designers; Kévin Germanier, Victor Chu and Kate Morris. The R Collective are proud to support the work of Redress by donating 25 percent of their profits to charity Redress to fuel positive change in the fashion industry. The R Collective was previously called BYT.

Where will The R Collective be sold?

The R Collective retails on its own e-commerce platform and with select retail partners, such as Lane Crawford and Barneys New York who retailed their inaugural collections. The 2018 winner’s collection will be presented to various leading department stores around the world in a collaborative effort to gain further global retail exposure, although the success of the winner’s retail distribution will depend on their talents! 

If I win, will I be promoted as the collection’s designer? 

Yes, you will be recognised and widely promoted as the designer of your collection as the aim of the prize is to empower you and your creative genius! Your name, bio and the making of your collection will be promoted as part of The R Collective’s overall marketing and promotion of the collection on The R Collective’s website, social media platforms and through their media outreach. However, there is no guarantee that your name will be printed on the hangtags themselves, as potential future retail partners will determine the level of branding exposure that is possible. 

If I win, will I have to leave my current job?

It is not a requirement for you to leave your current job if you win as the prize opportunity is relatively flexible and should accommodate different personal circumstances. However, the extent to which it may impact your current work will depend on individual circumstances. The winner will be required to work remotely, with part-time, flexible hours for approximately one month initially before returning to Hong Kong for around four to six weeks full-time work between October to December 2018. Following this, further part time, flexible work will be required remotely for approximately one more month. Please be assured that The R Collective will work with your scheduling preferences as much as possible.

If I win, will I need to travel as part of my winning prize?

Yes, if you are not already living in Hong Kong, you will need to travel back to Hong Kong for around four to six weeks to work with The R Collective. You may also need to travel within Asia to visit production facilities. Any visas or travel costs that you may need for this will be organised and paid for by The R Collective. Once your collection is finalised, it is unlikely that you will need to travel to Hong Kong again for any launch events. However, in the event there is a press conference, you may be invited to attend and your costs will be covered in this instance.

If I win, will I need to pay for my return trip to Hong Kong?

No, all of your travel, accommodation and living costs will be covered by The R Collective. This will include one economy return flight from your home country (which is the country that you applied from during the competition’s open application), to Hong Kong. You will stay in a small, comfortable flat (fully-inclusive of utility bills) in Hong Kong and receive an additional living allowance of HKD180 per diem, which will be covered by The R Collective. 

If I win, who has the final decisions about the CAPSULE collection?

The R Collective will have the final decision on all aspects of your resulting winning collection. Whilst your winning prize is a design collaboration with a view to adapt pieces from your winning collection, all decisions about the creative, design, marketing and business operations will be with The R Collective’s representatives. Depending on the characteristics of the winning collection, the winner’s design experience may become a design collaboration with The R Collective and another brand or manufacturer.

Will I receive a design fee or any further income?

Yes, you will receive a flat fee of HKD20,000 as a design fee, which includes the entire scope of all of your work related to the adaptation of your winning collection for retail both remotely and in Hong Kong, as you work together with The R Collective to push your vision and talents further. You will not earn additional income from any future sales of your collection for The R Collective, as they will be investing heavily in the creation, marketing and retail of your collection.

Will I own the intellectual property rights?

No, you will not own the Intellectual Property rights for the collection that you assist in designing. The Intellectual Property, and the rights to reproduce your collection in the future with your consent, will be with The R Collective. You will not own the Intellectual Property rights for your collection because the design adaptations will be conducted under the guidance of The R Collective’s expert design team, with potential creative input from retail buyers and other distinguished designers. The design fee is specifically in place to cover the design adaptation and execution. 

Will Redress be involved when I design for The R Collective?

No, Redress will not have any involvement in your direct design collaboration with The R Collective. Redress will support wherever needed in facilitating your prize but Redress has no responsibility for the design or delivery of The R Collective‘s collection for retail. However, Redress has a relationship with The R Collective so you will be benefiting Redress by working with The R Collective.


About The Redress Design Award 2018 mentorship with Orsola de Castro

Will I get to meet Orsola de Castro?

Yes, you will get to meet Orsola de Castro during your stay in Hong Kong after the Redress Design Award 2018 Grand Final. All subsequent meetings if required will need to be self-funded.  

What type of support will I be getting?

You will receive a tailored mentorship to support your needs, ranging from topics of including but not limited to sourcing sustainable materials, design techniques, business advice on starting a new brand, industry contacts and more. The content of your mentorship will be determined during your initial meeting with Orsola de Castro after the Redress Design Award 2018 Grand Final.  

How long is the mentorship?

The Redress Design Award 2018 mentorship with Orsola de Castro runs over a period of 6 months where you will receive either 3 x 45min sessions via Skype or 3 x 60min sessions in-person meetings at Orsola’s studio in London.


About The Redress Design Award 2018 Hong Kong Best

What is the Hong Kong Best?

The Hong Kong Best is a recognition awarded to the highest scoring applicant applying from Hong Kong, recognising the achievements of emerging creative talent in Redress’ home city of Hong Kong. There is one guaranteed spot in the grand final which will be awarded to the Hong Kong Best designer.

How is the Hong Kong Best selected?

The winner is selected according to their scores received for their competition application, with the highest scoring competitor who applied from Hong Kong taking the title. Scores are received from the international judging panel during the Grand Final, who are the final decision makers. In line with the competition's application criteria, the Hong Kong Best winner is the person who is living in Hong Kong at the time of application closing date of 13 March 2018, whether or not they are a Hong Kong citizen.  



What is the Redress Design Award 2018 People’s Choice?

The People’s Choice will be selected by the general public across the world, with participants casting a vote online for their favourite Redress Design Award 2018 semi-finalist based on their moodboard, collection designs and a written statement. Polling will be open from 17 April 2018 to 7 May 2018 with the winner announced mid-May 2018.  

How do I vote?

A public voting platform will allow participants to cast a vote for their favourite Redress Design Award 2018 semi-finalist. This will be based on their favourite moodboard, collection designs and written statement. Participants simply need to select the semi-finalist they are voting for, and enter their full name and valid email address for their vote to be recognised.  

Can I vote twice?

No, you can only vote one time per valid email address.  

Can I vote for myself?

Yes, but you can only vote once per valid email address.


There will only be one winner for the Redress Design Award 2018 People’s Choice Award, voted from the highest scoring semi-finalist designer overall.  

If I win the People’s Choice prize, does this mean I will automatically become a finalist?

No, all finalists are determined by the international judging panel. Semi-final judging will take place from 17 April 2018 and the ten finalists will be announced on 15 May 2018 on


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