Q&A: Taiwanese Designers on ‘Sustainable Fashion’

Two young Taiwanese fashion designers share their experience in doing sustainable fashion.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/06/20
By: Olivia Yang

Sustainable fashion is becoming a trend; brands like H&M, Zara and MUJI already have their own “eco”

Work by Taiwanese fashion designer Hung Wei-yu. Photo Credit: The EcoChic Design Award

fashion collections and related design awards are being held annually around the world.

The EcoChic Design Award, organized by Hong Kong-based environmental NGO Redress, started out as a sustainable fashion design competition in Hong Kong six years ago. Since then, it has expanded to a competition cycle open to designers in Asia, Europe and the U.S. Winners have the chance to work with fashion brands on their sustainable collections and receive mentorship with prominent designers.

Taiwanese designers Hung Wei-yu (洪威宇) and Sung Yi-hsuan (宋怡萱), both 24, are among the 10 finalists in this year’s EcoChic Design Award. The News Lens spoke with the two young designers via Skype to learn about their experience in the industry and what inspired them to start creating sustainable fashion designs.

The News Lens: What sparked your interest in fashion and then onto sustainable fashion?

Hung Wei-yu: I studied fine arts through middle and high school. During that time I would always think about how fine arts could interact with people more or how it could be integrated into our daily lives. So then I started thinking about how to combine arts with product design. It just so happened I was involved with theater in high school and started doing costume design. This sparked my interest in the industry and so I went on to study fashion design at Fu Jen Catholic University (in Taipei).

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