THE ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD 2014/15 2nd PRIZE WINNER & THE ECOCHIC DESIGN AWARD 2012 Hong Kong Semi-Finalist
Victor completed his Fashion and Textiles Design degree at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2015 and received a Higher Diploma in Fashion Design and Development from Hong Kong Design Institute. After winning second prize on the EcoChic Design Award 2014/15, Victor designed a minimal waste collection for the Langham, Hong Kong’s newly refurbished T'ang Court. He has previously interned for a selection of renowned local fashion designers and brands, including Johanna Ho and G2000.
Victor was inspired by the founder of modern Chinese art, Wu Guanzhong and his Impressionist-style paintings for his The EcoChic Design Award 2014/15 collection. Victor combined the sustainable design techniques of zero-waste, up-cycling and reconstruction to his textile waste source, comprising end-of-rolls, fabric swatches and his friend’s and family’s secondhand clothes. The result is a collection of diverse patterns and cuts made onto an array of blues, blacks and greens.
Being a student with a huge passion for fashion, I have had the opportunity to understand the process of manufacturing clothes and I have witnessed the amount of materials being discarded. Seeing first-hand how fashion is damaging our environment, I started to reflect on my role as a designer. I think we should not solely be familiar with the design techniques and usage of fabrics, but also understand that both have a huge impact on the environment. I want to be a sustainable fashion designer to reduce the damage of the fashion industry. It is my responsibility as a designer. - Victor Chu