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    02 Oct 2018

    Budding VTC designers join overseas internships and competitions after winning fashion design contests
    Budding VTC designers join overseas internships and competitions after winning fashion design contests
    Budding VTC designers join overseas internships and competitions after winning fashion design contests
    Budding VTC designers join overseas internships and competitions after winning fashion design contests
    Budding VTC designers join overseas internships and competitions after winning fashion design contests

    Budding VTC designers join overseas internships and competitions after winning fashion design contests

    HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Leo CHAN (second from right) wins the championship in the 2018 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest and is awarded a month-long internship at Martine ROSE.  

(Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Leo CHAN (second from right) wins the championship in the 2018 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest and is awarded a month-long internship at Martine ROSE. (Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    Titled “Wandervögel”, the winning piece of Leo CHAN, uses black, green and khaki to bring out the idea of freedom and adventure while at the same time stressing its functionality.  

(Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    Titled “Wandervögel”, the winning piece of Leo CHAN, uses black, green and khaki to bring out the idea of freedom and adventure while at the same time stressing its functionality. (Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design YEUNG Shun-leong (middle) wins the New Talent Award in 2018 Young Fashion Designers’ Contest. He will receive training from the fashion label JOYCE to produce his work for sale in a limited edition collection.  

(Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design YEUNG Shun-leong (middle) wins the New Talent Award in 2018 Young Fashion Designers’ Contest. He will receive training from the fashion label JOYCE to produce his work for sale in a limited edition collection. (Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    The prizewinning collection of YEUNG Shun-leong is inspired by martial arts. His oversize coat, boxers’ gloves, belts and long robes take reference from judo, fencing and boxing. Stone wash, Bingata and waxing are used to produce a rich texture. 

(Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    The prizewinning collection of YEUNG Shun-leong is inspired by martial arts. His oversize coat, boxers’ gloves, belts and long robes take reference from judo, fencing and boxing. Stone wash, Bingata and waxing are used to produce a rich texture. (Photo provided by Hong Kong Trade Development Council)
    THEi graduates of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design Lorraine TAM wins the championship in SDC International Design Competition (Hong Kong Region)  with her work titled “I’M A PSYCHO”. She uses varied colours and psychedelic patterns to portray the inner world of patients suffering from mood disorders.
    THEi graduates of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design Lorraine TAM wins the championship in SDC International Design Competition (Hong Kong Region) with her work titled “I’M A PSYCHO”. She uses varied colours and psychedelic patterns to portray the inner world of patients suffering from mood disorders.
    Lorraine TAM learns Russian embroidery to sew on the patterns by hand for increasing three-dimensionality.
    Lorraine TAM learns Russian embroidery to sew on the patterns by hand for increasing three-dimensionality.
    HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Carmen LI (middle) wins the First Runner-up prize in the 8th Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers Contest and is awarded a cash prize of HK$10,000. 

(Photo provided by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society)
    HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Carmen LI (middle) wins the First Runner-up prize in the 8th Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers Contest and is awarded a cash prize of HK$10,000. (Photo provided by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society)
    Titled “The Blue Void”, Carmen LI’s collection is inspired by the beauty of the ocean. She matches fabric like denim and quilted knits to knitwear design and makes every effort to dye the garment so that different shades of the blue colour are showed.   

(Photo provided by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society)
    Titled “The Blue Void”, Carmen LI’s collection is inspired by the beauty of the ocean. She matches fabric like denim and quilted knits to knitwear design and makes every effort to dye the garment so that different shades of the blue colour are showed. (Photo provided by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society)
    HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Nick KWOK (centre) wins the Shima Seiki Award in the 8th Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers Contest and will join an one-week trip to Wakayama sponsored by the computerised knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki. 

(Photo provided by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society)
    HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Nick KWOK (centre) wins the Shima Seiki Award in the 8th Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers Contest and will join an one-week trip to Wakayama sponsored by the computerised knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki. (Photo provided by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society)
    Titled “Hiding”, Nick KWOK‘s collection is in blue, white and grey. Twisted patterns mirroring human wrinkles are used and models will look like wearing a mask. Applying new knitting machine techniques, he mixes fishnet and inflated yearns with wool to create fabric with shrinking and translucent effects. 

(Photo provided by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society)
    Titled “Hiding”, Nick KWOK‘s collection is in blue, white and grey. Twisted patterns mirroring human wrinkles are used and models will look like wearing a mask. Applying new knitting machine techniques, he mixes fishnet and inflated yearns with wool to create fabric with shrinking and translucent effects. (Photo provided by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society)
    Graduates of the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) and the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), member institutions of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), made their mark in fashion, knitwear, fabric and colour design competitions, winning prizes in the 2018 Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest , the SDC International Design Competition (Hong Kong Region) and the 8th Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers’ Contest.

    Some of the prizewinning students will be joining internships at studios of international renowned designer houses. A few prizewinning works impressed the fashion industry so much that the design will be produced in a limited edition for the mass market.

    Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Young Fashion Designers’ Contest spans forty-plus years of history and many participants have become principal designers of fashion design houses or create their own brands. Gathering young local designers, a total of 16 finalists were shortlisted this year.

    Finally, HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Leo CHAN won the Overall Championship. Titled “Wandervögel”, Leo’s work aims to revive the spirt of the 19 th century German movement “Wandervögel” where young people sought freedom and adventure. Both chic and functional, Leo’s works brings out the message that “venturing out into nature can also be chic.” Referencing boy scouts’ uniform, Leo’s design features waterproof nylon, warm-keeping military cotton quilts and wool, and detachable suspenders and belts. Three major colour schemes black, green and khaki represents the unknown, nature and ruins. A special feature of the collection is that the coat can turn into a tent. Details like embossing and embroidery marry history with contemporaneity. Apart from being awarded a cash prize of HK$35,000, Leo will join a one-month internship at the studio of Martine ROSE, a famous British fashion brand in menswear to uncover the many possibilities in fashion design for him.

    Another HKDI graduate of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design YEUNG Shun-leong won the New Talent Award in the same competition. Fascinated by the German philosopher Nietzsche’s concept of “will to power”, Shun-leong learns boxing and designs a collection of combat gear with elements of martial arts. His collection includes a thick jacket, a pair of boxing gloves, a belt and a robe, taking reference from judo, fencing and boxing. Stone wash, Bingata and waxing are used to give the fabric a rich texture, signifying the idea that an athlete may go through ups and downs. Shun-leong was awarded a cash prize of HK10,000 and will receive training from the fashion label JOYCE to produce a collection on limited edition to be sold at the stores of JOYCE.

    In the area of colour use in fashion, THEi graduates of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design are recognised for their talent. Lorraine TAM won the championship in the SDC International Design Competition (Hong Kong Region) with her works titled “I’M A PSYCHO”. The competition was organised by UK’s Society of Dyers and Colourists. Lorraine uses varied colours and psychedelic patterns to portray the inner world of patients suffering from mood disorders. The hip-hop style design accentuates the laid-back vibe and modern look. To create the three-dimensional effect, she learns Russian embroidery technique and sews the pattern by hand. Lorraine will go to London this November to compete with international peers in the final round of the competition for the overall championship.

    Meanwhile, HKDI graduates of Higher Diplomas in Fashion Design and Fashion Design Menswear Peony LI and Johnson CHONG won the First and Second Runner-up prizes of the Hong Kong competition respectively. The coming competition in London will gather fashion and textile design undergraduates from places like Australia, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. This year’s theme is “Colour Communication”, calling on competitors to explore the use of colour on fashion and textile products.

    In another knitwear competition, HKDI graduates of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design also shone through, with Carmen LI and Nick KWOK winning the First Runner-up prize and Shima Seiki Award in the 8th Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers’ Contest. Titled “The Blue Void”, Carmen’s blue collection is inspired by the marine world to promote environmental protection and conservation. She loves using new fabric and her works combine woven and knitted denim, knitwear quilts, and wool to enhance the texture. A lot of effort has been made on the blue dyeing processes by choosing the appropriate wool material for tie-dyeing and then washing and varnishing to create the unique colour of the beautiful ocean. Carmen received a cash prize of HK$10,000. She is now a student of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Scheme in Fashion and Textiles at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, heading the road of knitwear fashion.

    The winning piece of Nick KWOK is titled “Hiding” with colours black, white and grey to match with patterns mirroring the wrinkles of human face. The model will look like wearing a mask after putting on the garment, showing that urbanites always hide their dark sides and emotions. Nick will go for a one-week trip to Wakayama, Japan sponsored by the computerised knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki.

    Organised by Knitwear Innovation and Design Society, The Knitwear Symphony 2018 and The 8th Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers Contest aim at promoting knitwear and nurturing a new generation of knitwear designers.

    The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) is a member of VTC Group. It offers vocationally-oriented degree programmes across three faculties: Design and Environment, Management and Hospitality, and Science and Technology. The programmes are offered in areas where the VTC has strengths, and which are also growth industries not only in Hong Kong but also across the region. They feature the synthesis of knowledge acquisition and practical applications that enable students to grow into professionally-competent graduates. With its strong links with industry partners, THEi provides students with a vital platform for enhanced development. Website: www.thei.edu.hk

    The Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a member of VTC Group. HKDI was established in 2007 with the mission to be a leading provider of design education and lifelong learning, including foundation design, communication design and digital media, fashion and image design and architectural, interior and product design. With a view to providing professional designers for the creative industries, it promotes the “think and do” approach and encourages interdisciplinary thinking in its broad range of design programmes. HKDI maintains a strong network with industry and provides its students with essential practical experience enriched with cultural sensitivities and sustainability. Overseas exchanges are actively arranged for students to broaden their international perspective. Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk

    Media Enquiries: 2836 1046 / 2836 1869

    Annex: Winning list
    2018 Young Fashion Designers’ Contest
    Champion Leo CHAN
    (HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design)
    New Talent Award YEUNG Shun-leong
    (HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design)
    SDC International Design Competition (Hong Kong Region)
    Champion Lorraine TAM
    (THEi graduates of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design)
    First Runner-up Peony LI
    (HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design)
    Second Runner-Up Johnson CHONG
    (HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design Menswear)
    The 8th Hong Kong Young Knitwear Designers’ Contest
    First Runner-up Carmen LI
    (HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design)
    Shima Seiki Award Nick KWOK
    (HKDI graduate of Higher Diploma in Fashion Design)





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