Brit fashion designer Maddie Williams on September 5 took home the First Prize in the Redress Design Award 2019, presenting her sustainable “The Mourners” collection in collaboration with one of JNBY Group’s subsidy brands, REVERB. A modern look with an old-fashioned heart.
For her Redress Design Award collection, “The Mourners,” Williams drew on the vast loss of biodiversity, planetary health, and our humanity. Applying up-cycling and reconstruction techniques to reclaimed textiles, yarns and secondhand clothing, the designer weaved them all into zero-waste pieces that she subsequently constructed into her garments.
Oh tempora, oh mores… Memento mori symbolism — the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality — is embedded within Williams’ textile and print designs to remind us that our time to take action is running out.
Take a Temper look at the top three Redress 2019 Victor, Victoriae.
The Sustainably Sourced Thread That Runs Through Redress 2019
The 10 Redress Design Award finalists were selected from hundreds of applicants by an international panel of judges, including Ruth Farrell, Gold Sponsor Eastman’s global marketing director of textiles. The designers represent eight different countries as well as Hong Kong. First prize winner, Maddie Williams will join JNBY Group to design a sustainable collection for retail. Runner-up Carina Roca Portella will mentor with Orsola de Castro, founder and creative director of Fashion Revolution.
Sustainably sourced Eastman Naia™ cellulosic yarn featured prominently in the Grand Final Fashion Show of the 2019 Redress Design Award in Hong Kong on Thursday. Naia™ from Eastman was showcased in 10 innovative collections of waste-reducing designs. The competition finalists were challenged to incorporate Naia™ fabric remnants into their collection pieces. The Grand Final Fashion Show reached a global audience of industry professionals, media and VIPs at CENTRESTAGE and was live-streamed internationally.
With a third-party reviewed life cycle assessment compliant with ISO14044, Naia™ is listed on the Higg Materials Sustainability Index. Eastman holds FSC® and PEFC™ Chain of Custody certifications. Naia™ is also certified as biodegradable in freshwater and soil environments and is compostable in industrial settings, having received the “OK biodegradable” and “OK compost” conformity marks from TÜV AUSTRIA.
The Redressed Revolutionaries
Redress is a pioneering Hong Kong-based NGO working to reduce textile waste and promote environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. Through its dynamic programs, Redress works directly with designers, brands, manufacturers, industry professionals, educational organizations and consumers to promote innovative models and drive growth toward a new circular economy for fashion. For more information visit redress.com.hk.
This mentorship opportunity will give you expert and targeted support, which will be provided to you wherever you are in the world through video calls and by email over a six-month period. This will propel your career in sustainable fashion design forwards and prepare you, your visions and your collections for the competitive market of attracting fashion buyers and media – and ultimately securing success.
Keith Chan was crowned the Redress Design Award 2019 Hong Kong Best. He, too, will receive a customized mentoring program from azalvo, a fashion and lifestyle incubation platform, and use of azalvo’s innovative co-creative working space and technical appliances to develop their collection. Chan will also receive a JUKI high-performance lockstitch sewing machine, 10 books from the Bloomsbury “Basics Fashion Design” series.
Reuse. Reimagine. Redress.
Venimus. Vidimus. Williams Vicit.
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After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong.
Van Paridon most recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she has now turned her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground into a full time occupation.
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