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.