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Upcycling Fashion and Sustainable Living Exhibition 2013 – Hong Kong

With Hong Kong landfills fast approaching their brim with no suitable short-or long-term waste solutions in sight, Hong Kongers are faced with the urgent question of how they can reduce, reuse and recycle. The 2013 Upcycling Fashion and Sustainable Living Exhibition (UPlife2013) hosted by local brand Chocolate Rain in collaboration with the Hong Kong Design Institute and Reclaim to Wear from U.K. will take place at various locations throughout Hong Kong with fashion displays, sustainable living short videos, DIY workshops and seminars to bring to life the importance and benefits of upcycling and sustainable fashion.

UPlife2013 is the first exhibition of its kind to seek the active participation of the general public as well as the involvement of local and international creative talent. We hope that through this initiative, we will inspire Hong Kongers to take “Conscious Fashion” and “Sustainable Living” seriously.”

The exhibition kicked off on 27th September with an awards presentation ceremony at Telford Plaza I in Kowloon Bay for winners of the “Conscious Fashion Competition” and “Sustainable Living Short Film Competition” that were open to Hong Kong students in the run-up to the exhibition.

The students were asked to create a collection of fashion outfits and accessories using at least 60 per cent “textile waste” provided by local fashion brands, Chocoolate Limited and Esprit De Corp (Far East) Limited. The competition winners were selected by UPlife2013’s impressive line-up of judges, including Orsola de Castro (Reclaim to Wear), Fillippo Ricci (Reclaim to wear), Prudence Mak (Chocolate Rain), Elizabeth Mclafferty (HKDI), Lam Wai Keung (HKDI), Stanley Wong (84000 Communications), Wallace Kwan (:CHOCOOLATE), Tong Yeung (Mecilla Ltd.) and Terry Chan (St. James’ Settlement).

Overseas judge and upcycling pioneer, Orsola de Castro, encourages emerging Hong Kong designers, “Upcycling is a way of recycling textile waste, such as fabric swatches, production off-cuts, and end-of-roll leftovers, to create a product of higher quality. It is a design solution to an environmental problem. Today’s fashion industry is increasingly overproducing garments and textiles. What is being thrown away into landfill is often beautiful and reusablefor designers with a creative approach to garment design. The belief that turning ‘waste to fashion’ can foster healthy attitudes on sustainability in fashion.”