Red Carpet Green Dress Hosts Design Contest To Support Garment Workers In Asia
Earlier this month in Los Angeles, Red Carpet Green Dress, women-led organisation that's changing the red carpet conversation, launched the RCGD Global Design Contest 2020, in partnership with TENCEL Luxe. Supported by The Conscious Fashion Campaign in collaboration with The United Nations Office for Partnerships, the contest aims to fulfil the Green Dress criteria to serve the obvious need for more sustainability in the industry, as well as give a platform to deserving up-and-coming talent.
RCGD believes that this is an important time to do this sustainable design contest, which champions a message of hope and opportunity, particularly when spirits are so low. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have lost their jobs, including garment workers in many countries. As a result, RCGD came to action with a vision to impact a positive change within the fashion industry.
In this design contest, RCGD will donate a percentage of funds raised through the entries fees (US$30 per head). Partnering with Bangladesh's Awaj Foundation and The Fifth Pillar in Myanmar, the competition aims to create global design opportunities for workers identified by these foundations. Also collaborating with TFS Natural Home by The Futon Shop, RCGD is providing face masks to vulnerable garment works who, through financial reasons, are being forced back to factory work prematurely.
RCGD Global Design Contest 2020 is the epitome of aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap to recovery in these unprecedented times to shape the future of fashion. Empowering next generation talent along with supporting women garment workers is a catalyst to commitment towards dynamic and lasting change,
Judging the competition are Suzy Cameron, founder of RCGD, Nazma Akter, founder and executive director of Awaj Foundation, Laura Basci, Swiss fashion designer and haute couture tailor based in Los Angeles, and Harold Weghorst, VP of Global Brand Management at Lenzing AG. The RCGD Global Design contest is open to all talented designers over the age of 21. Designers can submit their application through rcgdglobal.com from today until July 30, 2020. The winning designers will get an opportunity to dress prominent influencers in the fashion and entertainment industry for a red carpet moment in front of an audience of eco-influencers in LA at the RCGD Gala, along with a monetary award of US$1,000 and business mentorship by Laura Basci and RCGD CEO Samata Pattison and more.
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