EcoChic Design Award (ECDA), a global prize recognising the importance of sustainable fashion design, has welcomed the participation of Malaysians who love caring for the environment as much as they do carving a career out of designing clothes.
The career-building competition was established in the awareness of the large amount of textile waste being produced and disposed of in many parts of the world. Eligible participants are required to design and create wearable and up-to-date apparels for women using the ‘minimal waste design’ techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction.
The national winner along with two other final winners will be flown to Hong Kong and announced at the Hong Kong Fashion Week. A showcase of his or her sustainable collection will be showcased following the announcement. Among other enjoyable perks, the rest of the 10 finalists will also be able to present their collections at the prestigious show and have one of their designs photographed by photographer Tim Wong and styled by influential stylist Denise Ho.
What’s amazing about ECDA is the fact that it cultivates effort. The competition’s grand winner will be given the chance to design a capsule collection using up-cycled textiles for Chinese lifestyle fashion brand Shanghai Tang. His or her runner up will have the chance to team up with Hong Kong’s luxury hotel The Langham to design a sustainable uniform collection for the hotel’s T’ang Court restaurant. Meanwhile, an educational trip to Bali design center will be given to the third winner to learn the art of crafting sustainable luxury jewelry from renowned brand John Hardy.
The competition’s closing date is 15 August. Aspiring entrants, fashion aficionados and environment enthusiasts alike can follow up on the competition at www.ecochicdesignaward.com.