Redress Design Award



The 2018 cycle offered a variety of career changing prizes to applicants and alumni, along with the opportunity to present their sustainable designs to a global audience.

QUICK NAVIGATION  •  First Prize  |  Second Prize  |  Special Prize  |  People’s Choice  |  Hong Kong Best Prize  |  Finalists Prizes  |  Semi-finalists Prizes  |  Alumni Prizes

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First Prize


Australian designer, Tess Whitfort will now join the team of fashion game-changers at The R Collective, the new up-cycled fashion brand that was born from Redress, to create an up-cycled collection for retail.

She will work remotely with The R Collective’s design team before returning to the dynamic city of Hong Kong for four to six weeks to finesse her designs, help to source fabric waste and assist with production planning. During this time, Tess will present her collection to the region’s top buyers to entice leading department stores to retail your collection, alongside The R Collective’s e-commerce platform. 

Tess will also drive the collection’s marketing campaign, including photo and video shoots, as she learns about how to scale up pieces of her winning competition collection for the real world of retail. Along with this crowning prize, Tess has rightfully earned a position alongside the other talented designers already in The R Collective, bagging herself the chance to have her voice and talents recognised under this global spotlight.

Find out more about the Redress Design Award 2018 with The R Collective prize here.

As first prize winner, Tess Whitfort 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 JUKI high-performance sewing and quilting machine

Second Prize

The Redress Design Award 2018 Mentorship with Orsola de Castro winner: jesse lee

Hong Kong designer, Jesse Lee has won 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 Jesse expert and targeted support over a six-month period to propel his career in sustainable fashion design forwards and prepare him, his visions and collections for the competitive market of attracting fashion buyers and media – and ultimately securing success.

Find out more about The Redress Design Award 2018 mentorship with Orsola de Castro here.

Jesse Lee will also…

  • Receive 10 books from the Basics Fashion Design series.

  • Receive a JUKI high-performance sewing and quilting machine

Special Prize

the redress design award 2018 special prize with cara G winner: Sarah jane fergusson

Sarah Jane impressed TV Host and Model, and Redress Ambassador, Cara G with her collection to win this award.

Cara has joined Redress to host season 3 of Frontline Fashion, our documentary series following talented emerging fashion designers - finalists of the Redress Design Award, and will wear one of Sarah Jane's competition pieces at the launch event later this year.

People's Choice

the redress design award 2018 PEOPLE’s choice winner: mimi jeong

After impressing the global public with her designs in an online vote to outshine her 29 semi-finalist competitors, US based Korean designer Mimi Jeong was awarded the People’s Choice, and received:

  • A JUKI overlock sewing machine

  • The Bloomsbury Publishing Handbook of Design for Sustainability by Stuart Walker.

Find out more about The Redress Design Award 2018 People's Choice prize here.

Hong Kong Best Prize

the redress design award 2018 HONG KONG BEST winner: JESSE LEE

Jesse Lee was Hong Kong's highest scoring designer and has receive a customised mentoring programme from azalvo, a fashion and lifestyle incubation platform. The prize also allowed Jesse the opportunity to use azalvo`s innovative co-creative working space and technical appliances to develop his competition collection.

All ten finalists:

  • Presented their sustainable collections at HKTDC Hong Kong's Fashion Week CENTRESTAGE

  • Enjoyed a whirlwind educational all-expenses paid trip to Hong Kong staying in luxury at the new Hotel VIC, with spectacular panoramic views of the harbour

  • Had their designs shot in Hong Kong by photographer, Sam Tso and styled by Angus Tsui

  • Received a subscription to Bloomsbury's online portal, the Berg Fashion Library

  • Received a copy of new Bloomsbury title, Fashion Fibres, Designing for Sustainability by Annie Gullingsrud

  • Will have their designs showcased under the international public’s spotlight in an exhibition after the grand final concludes

  • Will receive a 12 month Pro membership to the CO platform providing them with access to premium intelligence and learning that will help them launch their careers in sustainable fashion business.

  • Will receive a two-hour mentorship with a sustainable fashion expert to help nurture their future career development

  • Will star in Redress' new documentary TV series, Frontline Fashion

All 30 semi-finalists received:

  • Promotion across Redress’ marketing channels

  • Access to the Redress Design Award Alumni Network which provides regular opportunities to develop their sustainable fashion careers

  • A selection of fashion books from Bloomsbury Publishing including a Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion by Alison Gwilt, Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present and Future by Jennifer Farley Gordon and Colleen Hill and Zero Waste Fashion Design by Timo Rissanen and Holly McQuillan

Alumni Prizes

Each cycle of the Redress Design Award we continue to support our alumni, our previous semi-final and final competitors, with prizes through partnerships with like-minded organisations to enhance their careers in sustainable fashion.


Claire Dartigues was awarded the 2018 alumni prize with kapok winner and will receive a customised business development mentorship by the owner of this successful independent Hong Kong retailer, Arnault Castel. Her collection is also currently stocked in kapok, St Francis Yard store in Hong Kong.


This alumni prize winner will receive a 12 month Showcase membership to the CO platform which supports the fashion industry to do business better. Through CO, the winner will have the benefit of a premium business profile, enabling them to showcase their work and make industry connections that will help them to grow their business, as well as access premium intelligence and learning.