Q & A - October
- BY: RACHEL O'BRIEN
- Oct. 4, 2019
The Redress Design Award is the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition. Hailing from the UK, winning designer Maddie Williams applies up-cycling and reconstruction techniques to reclaimed textiles, yarns and secondhand clothing, weaving them into zero-waste pieces.
Q1: Who, what or where is so hot right now?
The planet!!! We need to start cooling her down ASAP!
Q2: Finish this
sentence. “I am always ready to wear….’
Second hand clothes.
Q3: Bruises, blisters and bad hair cuts – have you suffered for fashion? If so, state the injury. Was it worth it?
I rarely allow myself to suffer for fashion, especially as I get older – it isn’t worth it.
Q4: What is your favourite fashion moment on film?
The first film that jumps to mind is Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, it’s a feast.
Q5: Do you remember the first time you felt fashionable? How old were you? What were you wearing?
At school in the UK, we would occasionally have a ‘wear your own clothes’ day as a treat. I was probably about 12 or 13, two girls disclosed to me that they always tried to spot me to see what I was wearing on these days because it was always very ‘interesting and creative’ – I chose to take this as a compliment.
Q6: Who would beat
you in a walk-off?
Q7: Have you ever committed a crime of fashion? What was it? Were you guilty or not guilty?
I commit crimes of fashion every day – but I will never plead guilty!! (I love socks and sandals.)
Q8: What is the one thing that you never leave home without?
My headphones and a selection of true crime podcasts.
Q9: “Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” Do you agree or disagree?
It really depends on how they’ve been styled.
Q10: If your fashion fairy godmother could grant you one wish, what would it be?
To change our current destructive consumption and production habits and move to a slower, more circular model of the fashion industry.
The Redress Design Award was established in 2011 and is
focused on educating designers because 80 percent of a product’s environmental
impact is laid down at the design stage.
This year’s finalists, from Hong Kong, India, Australia, Canada, UK,
Israel, Spain and Germany, created collections using sustainable and circular
design techniques, up-cycling widely available waste materials, from unwanted
workers uniforms and saris to defective camping gear and bedsheets.