If you think that eco-conscious fashion can only look as dull and drab as old clothing, these polished and creative designs are sure to change your mind.
The eight finalists of the EcoChic Design Award 2013 have unveiled some of their key pieces for the sustainable fashion design competition. These final looks will be shown in a runway show during the upcoming Hong Kong Fashion Week in January 2014.
Singapore graphic designer Phee Ng is among the final eight designers selected for the finale show; she spoke to herworldPLUS earlier in October 2013, about her creations for EcoChic Design Award 2013.
And the first look of one of Ng’s realised fashion sketches certainly impresses.
Dress by Singapore finalist Phee Ng for the EcoChic Design Award 2013. PHOTO: TIM WONG/ ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD
The bodice of Ng’s dress was made from scraps of secondhand clothing, while a total of six pairs of jeans were cut up and sewn with other upcycled old fabrics for the skirt. There is also an uniquely Singapore element to this dress — its unusual origami-like folds were inspired by the Esplanade theatre.
Held annually since 2011, the EcoChic Design Award aims to feature and inspire emerging young designers to create clothing made from sustainable and eco-conscious practices. Old fabrics are upcycled and material wastage is minimised where possible.
You’ll soon be able to see Phee Ng’s completed dresses in Singapore, along with the works of the other EcoChic Design Award 2013 finalists as well.
Dress by Germany finalist Karen Jessen and Jessen’s initial sketches. IMAGES: TIM WONG/ ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD, KAREN JESSEN
Competition organiser Redress aims to exhibit these sustainable designs abroad from February to March 2014. A Singapore stop has been planned for the exhibition although the date and venue have yet to be finalised.
Creations by EcoChic Design Award 2013 finalists Catherine Hudson (left) and Dai Xinyan (right). PHOTOS: TIM WONG/ ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD
So keep your eyes peeled for more details on this touring exhibition, coming soon to Singapore.
The EcoChic Design Award 2013 finale show will be held on January 15, 2014 in Hong Kong. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ecochicdesignaward.com and follow the competition on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.
Go behind the scenes with this video to find out more about the eco-conscious creations of the EcoChic Design Award 2013: