EcoChic Design Award

Aya Qi

Aya Qi

The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 Finalist


Aya completed her Fashion Design and Creation degree at ESMOD Beijing in 2014 following her previous career working in the advertising industry.

Aya was inspired by the Chinese qipao and Western tailoring for her The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 collection. Aya used the sustainable design technique of reconstruction on her textile waste source, comprising her friends’ and her own unwanted garments. The result was a collection of tailored garments in a dark colour palette.  

I have always loved reconstructing unwanted clothes and this was the reason that I first entered fashion school. But since discovering the fashion industry’s negative impact on the environment, I developed a much greater desire to learn and practise sustainable fashion. My dream is to become a sustainable fashion designer. - Aya Qi