ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD 2017

Kate Morris uses the zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction techniques to create diverse knitwear.
British designer Kate Morris and her Collection

Redress announced the winners of the world’s largest sustainable fashion competition. The Eco Chic Design Award 2017, British designer Kate Morris won first prize demonstrating the power of the circular economy, where nothing goes to waste. All collections were made from textile waste, ranging from bridal wear off cuts combined with military uniforms to abandoned umbrellas and damaged yarns.

EcoChic Design Award 2017 first prize winner Kate Morris UK
My journey into fashion has been led by the desire to create functional items of beauty that can contribute to changing behaviour and attitudes towards fast fashion. For me sustainable fashion is about each part of the supply chain working together, starting with the designer, to make informed decisions that will have minimum impact on the planet and its people. - Kate Morris
British designer Kate Morris

About REDRESS

Redress is an environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry and achieve through a variety of programmes, initiatives and campaigns. Redress aims to enhance, educate and enable the adoption of a more sustainable fashion industry that helps to minimise the negative and maximise the positive impacts of the fashion industry on society and the environment. Collectively, Redress collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders, including fashion designers, textile and garment manufacturers, brands and retailers, schools and universities, private sector organisations, multilateral organisations, governments, NGOs, media organisations and consumers.

About The EcoChic Design Award

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition inspiring emerging fashion designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. The 2017 competition cycle was open to fashion designers with less than three years’ professional experience and fashion design students living in any Asian or European country or the USA. Following nine months of inspired design and rigorous judging, ten finalists competed for career-changing prizes on the runway at Hong Kong fashion week in September 2017.

About Kate Morris

British designer Kate Morris leads CROP provides fun-filled, cruelty-free, vegan knitwear. Coming from a fine art background, Kate’s creative shift into knitwear design was led by her desire to contribute to changing attitudes within fast fashion, which was heightened by the awakening events of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. After successfully turning her hobby of hand-knitting into a career, Kate has just completed a Master's degree in Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University.