Box Hill Institute Alumna Finalist for Prestigious Redress Design Award 2018

Box Hill Institute is excited to announce that Tess Whitfort, 2017 Bachelor of Fashion graduate and winner of the 2017 Student Designer Award at Melbourne Fashion Week, has been selected as one of 11 finalists for the international Redress Design Award – the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition.

Tess is the only Australian in the line-up of 11 finalists from across the globe. Tess will be showcasing her sustainable collection on the runway at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Hong Kong Fashion Week. Tess will also embark on an educational, all-expenses paid trip to Hong Kong and have her designs photographed by a renowned photographer and styled by an influential stylist.

Her collection was inspired by different subcultures and the way people express themselves through their clothing choices. She applies the design techniques of up-cycling and zero-waste to industry end-of-rolls, customising her edgy androgynous collection through the use of eco-friendly inks and paints.

Tess_Whitfort_BachelorFashionTess said, “For me, sustainable practices within fashion design are an absolute necessity. I feel that it is our responsibility as young designers to limit the negative environmental impacts of the fashion industry. I am committed to finding new solutions for fashion and part of the appeal is that sustainable design is all about problem solving, innovation and functional design.”

Tess’ previous showcase collection, Caldera, which she launched in her final year studying at Box Hill Institute, won her the Melbourne Fashion Week’s Student Designer Award. Her influences included volcanos and humanity’s treatment of the environment. She created her own digital print with experimental fabric manipulation.

Launched in 2011 and previously known as the EcoChic Design Award, the Redress Design competition aims to educate emerging fashion designers about sustainable design theories and techniques, providing a unique platform for enthusiastic, talented fashion innovators to influence the global fashion industry.

You can read more about Tess and her submission by visiting