Young designers, this is how you can get your first big break


Young designers, this is how you can get your first big break

The EcoChic Design Awards want your help in cutting waste out of fashion

By ELLE team  March 30th, 2017

Here’s a fun fact to cut through that mid-week slumber: We now collectively consume roughly 80 billion new pieces of clothing each year. And that number keeps inching up steadily with each passing year.

Sustainable fashion is no longer a niche term that high-end designers drop for the feel-good factor. It’s our reality, and if you’re a new designer looking to contribute to the movement, today’s your day.

The good folks at Redress (a Hong Kong based NGO) have opened entries for the EcoChic Design Awards 2017. As the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, ECDA is on the hunt for emerging designers who can help prune waste out of fashion.

Apart from good karma, the winner walks away with the chance to design an up-cycled collection for BYT, a fashion brand borne from Redress’ work, to retail at Lane Crawford, a luxury store with China’s largest designer portfolio. If you’re a new designer with less than 3 years’ worth of experience, sign up here. Entries are only open till April 3rd, so good luck and Godspeed.