BHI Student First Ever to Win World’s Largest Sustainable Fashion Award

The Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. Hosted by international fashion organisation Redress, since 2011 The Redress Design Award has given participants a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase their sustainable design concepts and to be pioneers in reducing textile waste in the fashion industry with true class and style.

In 2018, Redress opened the design award to be truly global. A worldwide search was conducted for sustainable fashion design talent within a record number of applications from 56 regions. 11 finalists were chosen from their respective regions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Israel, Philippines, Japan, France, UK, Spain, Denmark and – a first for the competition – India and Australia. Finalists flew to Hong Kong for the award’s final show and winner announcement in front of a 1000-strong audience and via global live stream.

Box Hill Institute is proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 Redress Design Award is Bachelor of Fashion alumnus Tess Whitfort.

Tess graduated from Box Hill Institute last year, where she worked on her winning collection inspired by different subcultures and the way people express themselves through their clothing choices. As this years Redress Design Award winner, Tess is set to gain further international recognition by joining the team at The R Collective in Hong Kong, an up-cycled fashion brand that will give her the platform to continue to share her work with the world. The R Collective will also allow Tess to be a part of the whole production process, from designing and planning her collection to presenting to international buyers for retail department stores and e-commerce platforms. Finally, Tess will also curate her collection’s marketing campaign, including photo and video shoots and scaling up her designs for the world of retail.

Since enrolling in Box Hill Institute’s Bachelor of Fashion (BAF02), we have seen Tess grow from an aspiring young student to an international fashion sensation. The team at Box Hill Institute congratulate Tess again, and can’t wait to see what she produces in the future.