Tess Whitfort , the first prize winner of the Redress Design Award 2018 , has launched her first upcycled and the groundbreaking zero waste collection. Tess holds a degree in Fashion from Box Hill Institute, Australia.
The collection is created using rescued textile waste and innovative zero-waste design techniques to catalyse a circular fashion system. Tess shot to fame after winning the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition, the Redress Design Award in Hong Kong. Her resulting collection, which is heavily featured in the latest season of Redress’ award-winning documentary series Frontline Fashion , is available at
www.thercollective.com with select styles available in Asia’s leading luxury department store, Lane Crawford.
Tess’ competition collection was transformed from concept to catwalk and into retail, demonstrating a strong business case for positive change and has a bit of attitude and punk edge into this collection, whilst keeping it timeless and within The R Collective’s aesthetic. “There are many stereotypes around sustainable fashion and it is often portrayed as natural, feminine, and wholesome. Instead, I create grungy streetwear so that badasses can wear ethical clothing too” , said Tess Whitfort. “ Environmental issues are going to affect us all, so sustainability can’t just be for people who love the environment, it can’t be a niche, it needs to be for everyone. ”she adds.
Tess’ zero-waste pattern techniques brought about groundbreaking fabric utilization during manufacturing, with several of her styles achieving less than one percent fabric wastage, compared with an industry norm of approximately 15 percent. Her collection is formed of upcycled denim, crepe, wool, and cotton , which were rescued from world-leading luxury brands, mills, and manufacturers, thereby avoiding the need to create virgin materials and minimising fashion’s negative environmental impacts.
“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”, concludes Tess Whitfort
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- Tess Whitfort