Phase 1 – Online Applications (4 Mar 2019 – 18 Mar 2019)
Interested participants applied as individuals or in teams of two or three. As part of the application and assessment process, applicants were asked to share their understanding of the need for a circular economy and their post-competition aims and aspirations.
Phase 2 – Project Development and Pitch (25 Mar 2019 – 12 May 2019)
25 shortlisted individuals/teams underwent a half-day workshop and mentorship sessions, who guided them as they conceptualised, designed and produced their apparel. Participants also had to collect PET bottles as “trash currency” to exchange for recycled PET fabric to produce their designs.
These collected PET bottles were processed by persons with intellectual disabilities and stored at MINDS Woodlands Employment Development Centre, before being recycled by engineering firm Miniwiz into rPET fabric.
Participants also had to submit a three-minute video to describe and pitch their finished apparel. They were judged based on the number of PET bottles collected, public voting on their pitch videos, creativity of design, and their success in meeting and addressing the needs of their target consumers.
Phase 3 – Fashion Show Finale (3 Jun 2019)
Eight finalist individuals/teams were announced on 21 May and shared more about their designs and showcase their apparel during the Fashion Show Finale held at Temasek Shophouse.
Winners and Finalists
Winning Team: Ethicals
Created by a pair of fashion design graduates Teh Qian Yu and Kee Kai Xuan, the piece titled “Deformed Soul” takes inspiration from sea turtles who have been harmed by ocean pollution. The outfit features a three-piece set with a unique structured jacket that gives the wearer a ‘distorted’ physique, but in a stylish manner. It was made using rPET fabric and scrap fabric leftover from fellow fashion design students.
First Runner-up: JIHK
Indonesian duo Ivana Karin and Jessica Hartono created a two-piece set titled “What You See is not What You See”, which they described as ‘high street style’. The outfit aims to convey the message of sustainability through the use of unwanted materials in its design, such as leftover fabric from school projects, spoiled charger cables, thread core and rPET fabric.
Second Runner-up: ZP
Fashion students ZiQi and Psalmist sought to design an outfit suitable for both work and play, which led them to create “Sustain” – a versatile three-piece set made from rPET fabric. It comprises an outer jacket over a crop top and shorts, inspired by a rustic and futuristic theme.
“IN(visible)”, created by Jessica Christy and Yovita Ardina, seeks to inspire a sense of confidence and self-love for the wearer through a balance of strong, edgy styles and delicate embroidery details. It is made from rPET fabric and other leftover materials such as knit, elastane, cotton and PVC, along with unique details such as old photographs.
Finalist: Green Sprout
Titled “My Lifestyle Isn’t A Crime”, the design created by Raffles Institution students Cassandra Tan and Wu Xinyue was inspired by the idea of convertible clothing. With a top that can be worn front and back paired with pants that can be modified, the outfit aims to provide wearers with various style options in a single outfit as an alternative to buying more clothes.
J.A.D stands for Jane, Anabelle and Dina – three Year 2 Fashion Design students at Temasek Polytechnic. Designed with youths aged 17-29 in mind, their creation FUNK! is a dungaree featuring bold patchwork, embellishments and bright colours made using materials such as rPET fabric, CDs and other recycled items.
Taking inspiration from the polluted water bodies of Singapore and the world, this team from ITE College Central designed an outfit called “KALOPSEA”. The dress is made with rPET fabric and features elements such as plastic bottles, recycled rhinestones and fishhooks to represent the types of waste that are often left behind in the sea.
To raise awareness of sustainable lifestyles among youth, the fashion design students behind THREESHION created an outfit made from preloved clothes they collected in neighbourhood residences. The design is an asymmetrical, unisex, reversible coat titled “Mind Pollution”, which alludes to the idea that human greed and inconsiderate actions are some of the greatest causes of environmental pollution.