UK's Kate Morris shortlisted for EcoChic Design Award 2017

Kate Morris EcoChic Design Award 2017

The ten finalists in 2017's EcoChic Design Award have been named, with UK-based fashion design student Kate Morris among them.

Leading designers including Christopher Raeburn, Vega Wang and Sabyasachi Mukherjee whittled down entries to the seventh and biggest edition of the sustainable fashion design contest to a mere 24, before the final ten were decided.

Five represent Asia and five are fighting it out for Europe and the USA, all of whom who will now create their own six-piece waste-reducing collections in time for Hong Kong Fashion Week this September. Creativity, originality, marketability and craftsmanship, as well as sustainability, will all be judged at the grand final.

The overall EcoChic Design Award winner will join a team of designers in Hong Kong to create an upcycled capsule collection for new fashion brand BYT – and take part in a documentary about the process – as well as access to loads of fashion archives and resources. The second prize is hot too: a mentorship with sustainable fashion guru Orsola de Castro.

Here's the teaser for this year's competition.

The UK's only finalist, Kate Morris, is currently studying fashion design at Nottingham Trent University and uses the zero-waste, upcycling and reconstruction techniques to create her knitwear collections. She comments: "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."
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