BA year 3 student, Psy Lau, who is majoring in fashion design, is shortlisted for , which is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition.
Psy’s collection is titled ‘A.D.H.D.’, and inspired by her personal experience of suffering from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She hopes that the collection will remind people to love themselves and not discriminate others even if they are a bit different.
The collection also hints at fashion sustainability. Psy feels that “Nowadays, people love to buy clothes without thinking and buying second-hand clothes can be a menial task”. Therefore, she ensured that her collection has zero-waste, and uses upcycling and reconstruction techniques, putting together second-hand clothing, knitwear and suits, industry surplus, damaged textiles and yarns in a textured contrasting palette of yellow and black.
Also, Psy emphasizes environmentally friendly materials in her collection. Wool and cotton are used to represent the strength of those with ADHD because like these natural fibres, individuals with ADHD are incredibly strong and resilient. Second-hand suits, clothing samples and damaged textiles and swatches are widely used to cater to the upcycling concept in her collection.
In addition to the use of renewable materials, Psy applies reconstruction techniques by combining knitwear and suits. Natural dye from plant-roots is used to impart colour.
About the Redress Design Award
The Redress Design Award is a competition that is used to educate emerging fashion designers around the world about sustainable design theories and techniques to drive a circular fashion system. This year, ten finalists from Taiwan, the United States, Mainland China, the United Kingdom, Germany, India and Hong Kong are shortlisted for the grand finale on 11 September 2021 in Hong Kong, where the winners will be announced. International judges include:
- Orsola de Castro, Fashion Designer, Global Creative Director and Co-founder, Fashion Revolution
- Desiree Au, Founding Publisher of Vogue Hong Kong
- Angus Tsui, Creative Director, ANGUS TSUI and alumnus, Redress Design Award
- Cecilie Throrsmark, CEO, Copenhagen Fashion Week
- Mahmoud Salahy, Vice President and Managing Director, Timberland APAC
- Sean Cady, Vice President, Global Sustainability, Responsibility and Trade, VF Corporation
- Jeannie Renne- Malone, Vice President, Global Sustainability, VF Corporation
- Christophe Degoix, Chief Operating Officer, TAL Apparel Ltd.