EXCLUSIVE: RISE UP Sustainable Fashion Design Challenge announces finalists
What happened: Mainland China’s only sustainable fashion award has announced the three finalists for its 2022 edition. Initiated by Impact Hub Shanghai, RISE UP Sustainable Fashion Design Challenge seeks to identify and nurture the next generation of designers who are reshaping the fashion landscape in a climate-conscious way. Sara Sozzani Maino, driving force for emerging creators and judge of the competition, said: “These challenges are important to support the next generation and to make the industry understand that the will is to be more responsible.
Hanqing Ding, Aqua Lixun Su and 022397Bluff are the three talents who qualified for the finals among 108 entrants from the top 52 fashion art schools in the world. The three winners will present their collection during Shanghai Fashion Week Spring 2023 in October this year. The best competitor will receive a Cash prize of $23,275 (150,000 RMB).
The Jing plug: RISE Sustainable Fashion Lab disclosed to Daily Jing that compared to the previous edition, the participation rate increased by more than 60 percent. This means that there is a significant growth in climate awareness and interest in sustainable practices among young fashion designers. And exciting changes are coming from these future leaders, injecting new energy into the sector and showcasing innovative approaches to the circular economy.
Graduated from the Royal College of Art MA Hanqing Ding implements the concept of sustainability in its premium knitwear brand throughout the production chain: from the initial phase of selecting suppliers of renewable, degradable and traceable yarns to the after-sales consumer, providing repair and renewal services.
Meanwhile, a former Central Saint Martins student Aqua Lixun Su presents creations with intergenerational potential advocating the idea of slow fashion. The brand’s integrated knitting techniques have helped achieve zero waste in the production process, and the versatile use of each garment helps the company avoid inventory buildup.
Finally, based in Paris 022397 Bluffing, founded in 2019, transposes the ancient embroidery craft of the Chinese Miao ethnic group into the context of contemporary fashion while using exclusively natural materials and environmentally friendly vegetable dyeing. The label offers a great example of how to celebrate intangible cultural heritage with sustainable practices.
However, reaching the final is just the start of the journey for these promising names. Whether they can be the stars of tomorrow will ultimately depend on their business success – how their sustainable business ideas and concepts can be realistically applied and profitably generated. It will be tempting to see if the resources of RISE and Impact Hub Shanghai can help these lesser-known designers expand into the consumer market and become established houses.
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