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ITC alumnus Keith Chan wins Hong Kong Best Prize at Redress Design Award 2019

Keith Chan (BA, 2018), who is a BA programme graduate in Knitwear Design & Technology, received Hong Kong Best Prize at the annually held Redress Design Award 2019. The Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. His prizes include a JUKI high-performance lockstitch sewing machine; 10 books from the Bloomsbury Basics Fashion Design series; and a customised mentoring programme from azalvo, which is a fashion and lifestyle incubation platform, along with the use of the innovative co-creative working space and technical appliances at azalvo to develop his collection.

Keith’s collection was inspired by the signature neon signs that give Hong Kong its renowned nightscape and reflect its vibrant lifestyle and culture. He carried out up-cycling to reconstruct colourful end-of-the roll fabric, fabric scraps and secondhand garments into a layered asymmetrical collection embellished with text. Keith further enhanced the uniqueness of his signature pieces with the use of eco-friendly inks and embroidery threads.

“I believe that as designers, we have the obligation to develop more sustainable fashion. Through innovative design approaches, we can restore the balance between human and nature and protect our limited resources”. Keith Chan

The Redress Design Award 2019 Grand Final Fashion Show which was held at CENTRESTAGE on 5 September 2019 attracted a global audience of 1200 individuals, including industry professionals, the media and VIPs. During the show, 10 brand new collections were showcased. These collections are made entirely from textile waste by designers from Hong Kong, India, Germany, Canada, Australia, the UK, Israel and Spain. The Redress Design Award highlights Hong Kong as an important sustainable fashion hub, while providing a critical platform for emerging design talents.