Redress Design Award

Application Guidelines

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

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What is the Redress Design Award?

The Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. Organised by Redress, the competition works to educate emerging fashion designers around the world about sustainable design theories and techniques in order to drive growth towards a circular fashion system. 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 maximise long-term impact.

Each competition cycle takes participants on an educational journey lasting several theory and design-packed months. We challenge participants to flex their creative genius and prove that they have the ingenuity and conviction to transform textile waste into stunning, scalable and commercially viable collections that will inspire and redress the world. The top ten finalists will be selected to come to Hong Kong to take part in sustainable fashion educational activities and showcase their collections at HKTDC Hong Kong’s Fashion Week CENTRESTAGE.

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WHO CAN APPLY?

You can apply if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Aged 18 years or over as of application closing date of 14 March 2019.

  • Hold a valid ID/passport/visa/residence permit in your country of residence.

  • Have less than three years’ professional fashion design experience* and/or are a fashion student in any year at an educational institution at the time of application.

  • Are applying as an individual (group applications are not permitted).

 *see the FAQ page and the Terms and Conditions page for details

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What is the competition design brief

Do you have what it takes to rethink fashion?

You are challenged to re-design fashion, by re-thinking how clothes are made and worn through a lens of design for circularity. You must design a womenswear, menswear, or unisex sustainable collection for contemporary, fashion-loving individuals who value directional design (be it inspired by the runway or the street) and technical innovation as much as they respect people and the planet.

you are designing for

The JNBY Group customer who is confident and curious, with a modern, natural, and independent lifestyle curated from eclectic sources of art, culture, music, travel, food and design.

All designs must show evidence of

  • Re-imagining fashion design by using the four circular design strategies of Design for Low Waste, Design for Low-impact Materials and Processes, Design for Longevity and Design for Recyclability in order to improve the garment’s lifecycle and enable circularity.

  • Reclaiming textile ‘waste’ in unexpected ways

  • Re-inventing fashion by using one or more of the ‘Design for Low Waste’ design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction

  • Reflecting opportunities for reproducibility, scalability and marketability

To win, you must

  • Create three ready-to-wear outfit sketches (complete outfits not necessary at this stage) for your application for construction using textile waste. If you are successful in becoming one of the ten finalists, you must then make these three ready-to-wear sketches into complete outfits, together with an additional complete ready-to-wear outfit and one showpiece for the grand final fashion show. One or more of your final outfits will also need to include concept fabrics made from the Naia™ fibre (more details in the FAQ and more information will be provided once you have made it through to the final round).

  • Impress the judges. For the open application and semi-final judging, your designs will be scored in three categories 1) Creativity and originality, 2) Sustainability and 3) Marketability - based on the creative design brief. For the grand final judging, an additional category of Workmanship will be added when the judges view your collection in person. During the grand final trip you will also be observed in order to assess your understanding and application of sustainable design strategies and processes during the various challenges.

THE ROLE OF THE CIRCULAR FASHION SYSTEM IN THE COMPETITION:

Our judges will be looking for evidence of circular design thinking in designers collections. This means from sourcing your materials to pattern design, creation and consideration of user and disposal after use, you must have a clear understanding of the environmental impacts of your creations and will have explored solutions through the design of your collection. You should be reflective and critical of your work and be able to clearly explain your decision making at each step of creating your sustainable collection.

 
 

To learn more about the circular fashion system, read on below and head to our LEARN platform to suppliment your learning. We particularly advise reading the LEARN guides: Fashion & Environment and Sourcing Textile Waste

 If you are a student, we encourage you to ask your educators to use the Redress Sustainable Fashion Educator Pack. This free pack includes classroom presentations and activities with detailed information on the garment life cycle, fibres and design methods which will provide additional learning on circular design thinking for you and your classmates.

COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS: INCORPORATING CIRCULAR DESIGN STRATEGIES

At Redress we believe in the power of designers - you can help unlock the value of waste! Circular design thinking, and circular design strategies are key to lessening the environmental impact of your designs. We have defined our four core circular design strategies which you should refer to these during your concept development and collection creation.

The infographic and definitions below will help provide some guidance on these four core circular design strategies. However, there are many ways to approach them so it is up to you as a designer to define issues that are most important to you and reflect this in your designs.

 
 

Click here for further inspiration for the core four circular design strategies.

COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS: DESIGN TECHNIQUES AND TEXTILE SOURCING

Under the design strategy of ‘Design for Low Waste’, Redress highlights three sustainable design techniques: zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction.

You must use one or more of these three sustainable design techniques throughout your collection and in addition you can combine the techniques within any of your garments.

You must source 100% textile waste for use in your collection. If you reach the final, you will also be provided with concept fabrics made from the Eastman Naia™ fibre which you must incorporate into at least 50% of one or more of your collection pieces.

Please see the FAQ page about specific non-textile materials which require careful consideration or are excluded from submissions (example: plastics, leather, fur, etc), and to learn more about Naia™.

DESIGN FOR LOW WASTE: ZERO-WASTE TECHNIQUE

Official Redress LEARN Guide: www.redressdesignaward.com/learn/zero-waste

Definition: A design technique that eliminates textile waste at the design stage.

Technique: Any zero-waste design technique such as, zero-waste pattern cutting, draping, smocking, plaiting and fully fashioned knitting are permitted.

Textile selection: Textile waste must be used for zero-waste designs.

Remember: A photo and information about the type and source of the textile waste used must be submitted. If zero-waste pattern cutting or draping techniques are used, the pattern(s) and the exact measurements of the textile(s) used must be included.

The following types of textile waste may be used:

  • Textile swatches - leftover textile samples from production
  • Cut-and-sew textiles - textile scraps generated during garment manufacturing
  • End-of-rolls - factory surplus waste leftover from garment manufacturing
  • Sampling yardage - factory surplus waste leftover from textile sample manufacturing
  • Damaged textiles – unused textiles that have been damaged, for example with colour or print defects
  • Unsold clothing - clothing waste (finished or unfinished) that has not been sold
  • Clothing samples - part-finished or finished clothing samples from the design and production of clothing, which have not be worn by consumers
  • Secondhand clothing – any clothing or fashion accessories that have been owned and then discarded by consumers (both used and unused)
  • Secondhand textiles – any finished non-clothing textiles (such as curtains, bedding etc) that have been owned and then discarded by consumers (both used and unused)
  • A combination of the above is permitted

DESIGN FOR LOW WASTE: UP-CYCLING TECHNIQUE

Official Redress LEARN Guide: www.redressdesignaward.com/learn/up-cycling

Definition: Up-cycling is 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 catagorise the reuse of material waste that is in garment form as reconstruction (a separate guide can be found on reconstruction below).

Technique: Any up-cycling technique such as patchworking, draping, interlacing, layering and fusing are permitted.

Textile selection: Textile waste must be used for up-cycled designs.

Remember: A photo and information about the type and source of the textile waste used must be submitted.

The following types of textile waste may be used:

  • Textile swatches - leftover textile samples from production
  • Cut-and-sew textiles - textile scraps generated during garment manufacturing
  • End-of-rolls - factory surplus waste leftover from garment manufacturing
  • Sampling yardage - factory surplus waste leftover from textile sample manufacturing
  • Damaged textiles – unused textiles that have been damaged, for example with colour or print defects
  • Secondhand textiles – any finished non-clothing textiles (such as curtains, bedding etc) that have been owned and then discarded by consumers (both used and unused).
  • A combination of the above is permitted

DESIGN FOR LOW WASTE: RECONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUE

Official Redress LEARN Guide: www.redressdesignaward.com/learn/reconstruction

Definition: Reconstruction is 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.

Technique: Any reconstruction techniques such as deconstructing, shredding, quilting, patchworking and draping are permitted.

Textile selection: Textile waste must be used for reconstructed designs.

Remember: A photo and information about the type and source of the textile waste used must be submitted.

The following types of textile waste may be used:

  • Unsold clothing - clothing waste (finished or unfinished) that has not been sold
  • Clothing samples - part-finished or finished clothing samples from the design and production of clothing, which have not be worn by consumers.
  • Secondhand clothing – any clothing or fashion accessories that have been owned and then discarded by consumers (both used and unused)
  • A combination of the above is permitted

Apply now

To apply you must fill in an online application by 14 March 2019:

Below you will find a summary of the open application design requirements.

  • You must submit one mood board illustrating the theme, inspiration and colour-theme of your entire competition collection.

  • The core concept of your collection should incorporate Redress’ four circular design strategies (Design for Low Waste, Design for Low-impact Materials and Processes, Design for Longevity, and Design for Recyclability). This can be reflected in your choice of materials and trims, patterns, construction, etc.

  • You must submit three ready-to-wear outfit illustrations with technical drawings (front and back) based on one or more of the sustainable design techniques zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction. *No complete outfits are required to be made at the open application stage. All submitted artwork must be your original creations and must not have been previously shown in public.

  • Each entire outfit must be made up of one or more pieces that cover a model's upper and lower body and can include garments such as tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets and coats. Shoes and accessories are not required to be designed but you will need to provide shoes to accompany your collection should you reach the final.

  • All of your designs must use textile waste. Information about your textile waste selection for your three outfits including the type of fibre, type of textile and source must be provided. Applicants are required to provide clear photos of the original textiles before any cutting or alteration, in order to show that such textiles are available for use.

  • You must submit three photos of recent original finished garments from your portfolio. These are NOT your competition designs but instead are to demonstrate your skills and experience as a fashion designer.

  • No changes to artworks or your textile selections are permitted after submission unless with prior approval from Redress.

  • You will also need to provide eight written statements about your collection, your circular design strategies and your aspirations as a sustainable designer.

When submitting your application:

  • ALL questions must be filled out in English or Chinese. No other languages will be accepted.

  • Each photo submitted as part of your application must have a file size of less than 1MB and in .jpg or .png format (we recommend the photos’ pixels per inch (ppi) should not exceed 72 ppi).

  • The deadline for applications is Thursday 14 March 2019 at 11:59pm (local time in the your region). Please note that you will NOT be able to amend your application including your artwork and textile waste selections once submitted. Any applications received after the competition deadline may not be accepted.

  • After submitting your application, you will receive an email confirmation.

Following submission, the Redress team may contact applicants for further information, such as verification of professional experience and eligibility. Applicants can be disqualified by Redress at our discretion at any time for failing to meet the ‘Terms and Conditions of Entry’ and any other reasons determined by Redress.

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Which region will I represent?

For the purposes of judging, your application will be entered into either region 1 or 2 according to your place of residence at the time of application.

The locations for region 1 are as follows:

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Macao Special Administrative Region, Mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen

The locations for region 2 are as follows:

Åland Islands, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bouvet Island, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde), Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Channel Islands, Chile, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling Islands), Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Czechia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Pitcairn, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Republic of Moldova, Réunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, United States Minor Outlying Islands, United States of America, United States Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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Reaching the semi-final and final rounds

After the competition deadline of 14 March 2019, regional judging panels will select the top 15 applicants from region 1, and the top 15 applications from region 2 to go through to the semi-final round.

The Redress team will notify the 30 semi-finalists of their success individually before public announcement. Among the 30 semi-finalists, from the region 1 pool, there will be one guaranteed spot for a Hong Kong applicant. Semi-finalists will be publicly announced on the www.redressdesignaward.com website on 17 April 2019.

At this stage, we will also turn to the general public to cast a vote online for their favourite semi-finalist who will win the People’s Choice Award. The winner of this award will be announced mid-May 2019. Find more information here on our FAQ page

If you are shortlisted to the semi-finalist round, you are required to participate in a series of educational activities online with the Redress team, including a phone or Skype interview. Through the series of discussions and online activities, as a semi-finalist you will have the opportunity to learn more about the four circular design strategies and evaluate the lifecycle of your submitted collection. A portion of this evaluation work will be submitted to the international judges for consideration as they review the applications to select the finalists.

 All 30 semi-finalists will win educational and career-enhancing prizes, details of which can be found here.

At this stage, you will also be sent an inspiration box of Eastman Naia™ concept fabrics in colours complementing your designs. If you then make the final, you will be challenged to integrate these Naia™ fabrics into at least 1 of your collection outfits (making up more than 50% of the exterior of the garment), with the option to use it across more outfits if desired. Eastman will select fabrics based on the colour profile of semi-finalists’ collections and on fabric type selection made by the designer at time of application.

Following the semi-finalists announcement, the international judging panel will assess and further shortlist the 30 applications down to the final 10.

After the international judges’ assessment, the Redress team will directly notify the ten finalists, consisting of five finalists from region 1 and five finalists from region 2, who will be publicly announced on the www.redressdesignaward.com website on 15 May 2019. Among the 10 finalists, there will be one guaranteed spot for a Hong Kong applicant.

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Preparing for the Grand Final

If you are shortlisted to the grand final, you will be briefed further about the final design requirements upon their notification of success. However, here is a brief summary:

FINAL DESIGN REQUIREMENTS

Finalists of the Redress Design Award 2019 will present a five outfit sustainable collection formed of:

  • Three ready-to-wear outfits based on the designer’s online application: finalists will turn their three illustrations submitted in their application into complete outfits. No changes to artworks or textile selections are permitted unless with prior approval from Redress.

  • One additional ready-to-wear outfit: finalists will create one additional outfit based on the mood board submitted in their application.

  • One showpiece outfit: finalists will also create one showpiece outfit based on the mood board submitted in their application.

  • The competition design brief requirements for the finalists additional two outfits (both the ready-to-wear and show piece outfits) are the same as for the initial three in the application. This means that a finalist’s entire five outfit collection must:

    • Be created using circular design thinking - specifically Redress’ four design strategies.

    • Be created using one or more of the ‘Design for Low Waste’ techniques zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction.

    • Be made using textile waste.

    • Be original creations by the finalist (both artwork and outfits) and not have been seen in public previously.

    • Have been made and sewn by the finalist themselves.

    • Must include at least one outfit made from fabrics made with Naia™ that equals 50% of the garment as outer fabric.

Prior to announcement of finalists on the www.redressdesignaward.com, all ten finalists are required to sign an agreement with Redress stating that they agree to the dates, schedules and final terms. In brief, this agreement will require applicants to confirm that they are able to:

  • Visit Hong Kong for approximately 2 weeks in late August/ early September 2019 (exact dates TBC) to attend the grand final fashion show, seminars, workshops and other events organised by Redress (travel, accommodation and meal costs covered by Redress).

  • Send one work-in-progress report for their competition collection by the deadline of 3 June 2019. This is to ensure that the designer’s competition collection is produced in a timely manner and to a high quality and standard.

  • Send their completed competition collection to Hong Kong by 18 July 2019 (courier costs will be covered by Redress).

  • Accept the prize schedules and be available to fulfil the terms of the prize in the event that they win.

  • Agree to be filmed throughout the experience for inclusion in Redress’ documentary series, Frontline Fashion 4.

  • Create a video that may be used in our documentary series ‘Frontline Fashion 4’ and/or for marketing purposes.

Finalists can be disqualified by Redress at our final discretion at any time for failing to meet the terms in the signed agreement and any other reasons as determined by Redress.

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KEY DATES

Open Application 

10 January 2019 Launch of the online open application
14 March 2019 Application deadline (11:59pm local time)
17 April 2019 30 semi-finalists announced on www.redressdesignaward.com

Semi-final 

15 May 2019 Ten finalists announced on www.redressdesignaward.com
Mid May 2019 People’s Choice winner announced

Final 

3 June 2019 Deadline for finalists’ online submission of work-in-progress report
18 July 2019 Deadline for finalists to send their completed competition collection to Hong Kong
Late Aug/ Early September 2019* Finalists arrive in Hong Kong and attend multiple activities
Early September 2019* Grand final fashion show and winners announced
Early September 2019* Finalists depart Hong Kong
October-December 2019 Touring international exhibition
October 2019 onwards Winners claim their prizes
January 2020* Frontline Fashion 4 is launched

* Exact dates TBC

Please note that all dates and deadlines are subject to change at Redress’ discretion. 

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HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Please head to our FAQ page – your question may already have an answer! Otherwise, please email us at apply@redress.com.hk