Redress Design Award 2017 First PRIZE Winner
After winning the Kate Morris Redress Design Award 2017, Kate completed her prize of designing a capsule knitwear collection for Hong Kong luxury brand, The R Collective, which launched in 2018. Her brand CROP, provides fun filled, cruelty free, vegan knitwear using zero-waste and minimal seam production techniques on plant fibres like organic cotton with a preference for mono-materials, rather than blends, for straightforward post-consumer recycling. The brand also integrates care labels knitted into the design highlighting low impact use.
Kate holds an MA in Fashion Knitwear Design from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. She gained first prize in the 2017 Shima Seiki Design Competition, was shortlisted for The WGSN + ArtsThread Future Creator Award 2017 and CROP was recognised as ‘Best Wool-Free Brand’ in the 2017 PETA Fashion Awards.
My journey into fashion has been led by the desire to create functional items of beauty that can contribute to changing behaviour and attitudes towards fast fashion. For me sustainable fashion is about each part of the supply chain working together, starting with the designer, to make informed decisions that will have minimum impact on the planet and its people. - Kate Morris
Redress Design Award Collection
For her winning Redress Design Award collection (formerly the EcoChic Design Award), she used the zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction techniques to create diverse knitwear. Her approach blended technology with hand crafting skills for efficiency and to create a tactile connection with the wearer.