Now in its fifth year, the EcoChic Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, which challenges emerging fashion designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. Last year the award was won by CSM second-year BA Fashion student Kévin Germanier, who went on to design the first up-cycled collection for Chinese luxury brand, Shanghai Tang.
Following initial judging, the ten finalists have recently completed their six-piece minimal waste collections. The designs will hit the runway for the Grand Final show at HKTDC Hong Kong Fashion week.
The pieces have been made using the waste reducing design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction. This month we held a photo shoot with one of each of their designs shot by photographer Tim Wong and modelled by competition ambassador Bonnie Chen.
Speaking about the news, Willie Walters, Course Director, BA Fashion said: “I am very happy to have two finalists in the competition, as Central Saint Martins considers sustainability to be central in our approach to creativity.”
Watch the behind-the-scenes video from the shoot below.