Thursday 14 October 2021

Redress Design Award 2021 Winners Announced

The Redress Design Award 2021 First Prize Winner Jessica Chang
The 2021 Redress Design Award Winners Announced

Redress, the world-leading NGO working to reduce fashion’s waste, announced the winners of the Redress Design Award 2021, the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition that urgently seeks to catalyse multiple micro-circular economies around the world to reduce fashion’s negative environmental impacts, following the Grand Final fashion show that featured real and virtual models that took place in Hong Kong on 11 September. The Redress Design Award 2021 is supported by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the lead sponsor. Emerging designer Jessica Chang from Taiwan won First Prize securing an unparalleled sustainable design collaboration with global outdoor lifestyle leader, Timberland (a VF Corp brand). 

“The Redress Design Award showcases what is possible when emerging designs are given an opportunity to innovate around sustainability. We believe fostering talent and innovation is both good for business and a necessity for the future for our planet,” said Sean Cady, Vice President, Global Sustainability and Responsibility, VF Corporation, who served as one of the judges.
“Sustainable fashion and circular design align with our purpose of bettering both people and the planet. Watching our global teams embrace this sustainability competition to mentor the next generation of designers is incredibly rewarding.”

The Winning Collections
The Redress Design Award 2021 First Prize Winner Jessica Chang whose winning collection wowed the judges due to its strong marketability, commerciality whilst bringing waste back into designs that connect with and inspire consumers, now joins Timberland’s team to collaborate on an exclusive sustainable design project, during which Jessica will also work closely with VF’s Sustainability and Responsibility team to gain valuable insights from across the supply chain, including responsible design and marketing.

“Winning this chance to work with Timberland is a life-changer for me,” said Jessica Chang. “Entering this complex industry as an emerging designer is daunting because, so often, everywhere we look we see bad news and complexity. We know we can bring change. Yet it is hard to magnify our big ideas as start-up designers. The Redress Design Award has given me confidence - we are all in this together to make a positive change!”

Angus Tsui, one of the international judges and Alumni designers mentioned, “We are looking for a design that fits the Timberland aesthetic, that is marketable, wearable and their potential in reconstruction, which Jessica’s collection outstands the others.”
Jessica will be invited to work with Timberland for 9 months, where she will further develop under a corporate setting. “The designers need some guidance on who the audience is, how to engage with them, what is the narrative,” explained Mahmoud Salahy, vice president and managing director of Timberland Asia Pacific.

● Redress Design Award 2021 First Prize with Timberland Winner: Jessica Chang (Taiwan)
● Redress Design Award 2021 Runner-Up Prize Mentorship with Orsola De Castro Winner: Jin Pei- Wen (Taiwan)
● Redress Design Award 2021 Hong Kong Best Prize Winner: Lau Sin Yi (Hong Kong)
● Redress Design Award 2021 People’s Choice Winner: Tulika Ranjan (India)
● Redress Design Award 2021 Alumni Prize with Kipling Winners: Beatrice Bocconi (Italy - Redress Design Award 2020 Finalist); and Grace Lant (Hong Kong - Redress Design Award 2020 Finalist and Hong Kong Best Prize Winner)


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