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 Tuesday, 02 November 2021

RED CARPET GREEN DRESS™ announces the winners of its global sustainable contest

Written by Charlotte Nicole Haram
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RCGD - Red Carpet Green Dress founder Suzy Amis Cameron with actress Priyanka Bose

Time for announcements: Red Carpet Green Dress™ (RCGD), in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO, have named the winners of this year’s global sustainable design contest.

The competition for the 'greenest' red carpet dress, seeing contestants from all over the globe, has its winners. RED CARPET GREEN DRESS, with partners TENCEL™ and CLO, revealed the names of this year's winners.



With virtual reality and the latest technologies, designers have powerful tools to reshape the future of fashion and commit to sustainability. Virtual fashion has been on the lips of everyone this year and the global competition run by RED CARPET GREEN DRESS™ (RCGD), in partnership with TENCEL™ and CLO Virtual Fashion, offered a stage for young and established designers to showcase and express their vision of green couture.

The applicants submitted a digital sketch of their sustainable red carpet design before the international contest deadline, on the 23rd of August 2021. One gown and one suit design have been selected by the international judging panel consisting of Suzy Amis Cameron (RCGD Founder), Harold Weghorst (Vice President of Global Marketing & Branding, Lenzing AG), Micaela Erlanger (Celebrity Fashion Stylist) and Abrima Erwiah (Co-founder of Studio 189).

The winner/s of the 2021 RCGD Global Design Contest will have the pleasure to see his/her winning designs produced and worn at The Red Carpet Green Dress Pre-Oscars Gala in 2022, access to financial support and mentorship, as well as showcasing opportunity to present their work to an audience of sustainability leaders and innovators at the RCGD Evening of Sustainable Innovation.

RED CARPET GREEN DRESS, TENCEL™, CLO and the judging panel announced this year's winning duo: Yuriko Fukuda and Zhi Hong Benjamin Koh.

Meet The Winners: Yuriko Fukuda And Zhi Hong Benjamin Koh

Born in Japan and UK-based, Yuriko Fukuda is this year’s womenswear winner. As a current Regents University London student, she strongly believes in sustainable fashion. Yuriko Fukuda comments: 'Expressing myself through design feels like meditation. Our minds and art are indeed interconnected, having a bidirectional impact on our mental health. Fashion is a work of art and I believe it has the power to control our mind and body. Sustainable fashion revolves around timeless cuts, durability, natural resources and perceived health benefits, it’s a unique way of presenting luxury. Sustainability is an exciting and new way of creating a better future for all. This is where RCGD x TENCEL™ x CLO Virtual Fashion can increase the awareness of sustainability and I feel very honoured to be part of this incredible journey.'

Singapore-based fashion textile and product designer Zhi Hong Benjamin Koh is this year’s menswear winner. He embarked on his journey in design during his studies at Singapore Polytechnic. Zhi Hong Benjamin Koh comments: 'In 2016, I founded The Material Atelier by 本 (BEN), a multi-disciplinary creative studio focused on seeking sustainable fashion, featuring collaborations with local artists to create sustainable wearable art. One of our goals is to inform the public through informative videos about what goes into the material and the design of their garments. Since its launch, the atelier has created a few products, one of which won a Merit Award at the Singapore Creator Award Competition in 2019. I joined RCGD with the hope of sharing our sustainable fashion vision.'

The two designs chosen by the winners will be put into production in early 2022 with sustainable eco-couture textiles in collaboration with TENCEL™ and sponsored by CLO. The winning looks will be showcased as part of an exhibition to leading sustainable advocates in Los Angeles. All winners will be introduced to a sustainable fashion and entertainment audience from across the globe, alongside a monetary award. The winners will also receive business mentorship with RCGD’s CEO Samata Pattinson, support and access to RCGD’s extensive network, and creative support for their fledgling careers.

Samata, CEO of Red Carpet Green Dress, adds: 'We’re so excited for this year’s winners to embark on a wonderful journey in the world of sustainable fashion with us. The global design contest is such a great opportunity for those who are eager to immerse themselves and learn more. As a former winner myself, I first-hand know the incredible opportunities brought forward to the winners and I’m excited to watch Yuriko Fukuda and Zhi Hong Benjamin Koh grow and gain their place in the sustainable world.'

Harold Weghorst, Vice President of Global Marketing & Branding, Lenzing AG, comments: 'Yuriko and Benjamin present a strong statement of sustainability with beautiful and elegant designs which aim to improve other people’s lives by reducing carbon footprint. We are delighted to announce them as our well-deserved winners. I am sure Yuriko and Benjamin, together with last year’s winners, will become aspirations for young fashion designers by embracing sustainability and creativity in their work. Both designers have a bright future ahead of them and I look forward to watching their careers in the fashion industry grow.'

Simon Kim, CEO of CLO Virtual, comments: 'Yuriko and Benjamin created some incredibly innovative and visionary designs, which are both characteristics that we champion here at CLO Virtual Fashion. We look forward to seeing how their design careers progress and hope that they encourage the next generation of designers to take more stock in making the fashion industry a more sustainable place one garment at a time.'

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