The eleven finalists of the Redress Design Award 2018 have been announced, with UK designer Lynsey Gibson among them.
Redress (formerly known as the EcoChic Design Award) was won by a British designer last year – knitwear hotshot Kate Morris – so the UK has form. Lynsey Gibson is a knitwear designer too, drawing on inspiration such as the cultural differences between Europe and China.
She says: "In today's current climate, I believe there should only be the option of being a sustainable designer. I can no longer work in an industry that puts profit over the environment or consumption over humanitarian concern. Through my work I want to elevate the idea of sustainable design and to re-imagine what sustainability can look like through the manipulation of waste."
The Redress Design Award is all about waste, and removing it from the fashion supply chain (where there is a lot). All eleven finalists submitted designs and techniques to address the issue, demonstrating incredible innovation.
"For this Redress Design Award cycle, we scoured the world looking for the best emerging designers to tackle fashion's underbelly – waste," comments Redress Founder and Board Chair, Dr Christina Dean.
"With an estimated 92 million tons of textile waste generated annually – a truly staggering figure that is projected to increase to 148 million tons annually by 2030 – there is not a moment to lose as we passionately cultivate more fashion changemakers. Our search was rewarded; the designers are demonstrating the creative and commercial potential of the wide breadth of untapped textile waste streams from the fashion industry and beyond."
The finalists' collections will hit the runways at Hong Kong Fashion Week in September, where the overall winner will be announced.