What a rewarding evening on 12 Sept 2021. Our graduating student and alumni bagged four awards with their creativity at the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) 2021, one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the region.
The champion and the winner of the Best Visual Presentation Award, BA graduating student Lee Pui-kwan Cady, majored in Design, received a total of HK$70,000, and an overseas study trip.
Cady is also the winner of the Overall Grand Award of PolyU Fashion Show 2021.
Wong To-ki, Toki (BA, 2015), majored in Knitwear Design and Technology, won the Excellent Award. He received a total of HK$40,000 and also an overseas study trip. By creating this collection "Zoom Olympic", Toki wondered how the participants would be affected if the Olympic Games are organised in digital format. "I explore the idea of how one should cope with challenges when situations don't turn out how you expect," Toki said.
My Favourite Collection Award went to Yu Cheuk-lam, Topsy (BA, 2020) who is majored in Design. This award has been newly added since 2020, with members of the public voting online for their favourite new design star in Hong Kong. She was awarded HK$10,000 Lee Gardens Area e-Gift Certificates.
“Morning Moon” is a historical story about the Chinese character "曌". Inspired by the traditional clothing of the Tang Dynasty, Topsy applied contemporary craftsmanship to reinterpret ancient design. It combines rigidity and softness, revealing the inner strength of a woman.
The judging panel for this year’s YDC was made up of an impressive roster of fashion experts and media pundits. Chief Judge was Katherine Fang, Chairman of the HKTDC Garment Advisory Committee. VIP Judges are Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter, Creative Director and Founder of BOTTER. The other judges on the panel were:
- Jonathan Lee, Senior Area Manager (Asia) of Tomorrow Ltd
- Jason Lam, Regional Director, Asia Pacific at MATCHESFASHION
- Innis Liu, General Merchandising Manager at Harvey Nichols
- Kat Yeung, Editorial Director of VOGUE Hong Kong
- Kieran Ho, Senior Vice President-Hong Kong of Purple PR
The judges assessed the young designers’ works based on creativity, originality, market potential, craftsmanship, use of fabrics and overall aesthetics, offering expert feedback to each of the finalists.
(Photo source: Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
I wanted to create a collection about the contradiction between imagination and reality. It depicts the concept of the surreal transition and distortion from the physical to the astral. Bold silhouettes symbolise emotional explosions, while liquid effects depict the transformation of real into surreal.
Champion and winner of the Best Visual Presentation Award