Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) alumnus, Wilson Choi, was announced the second runner-up of the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC).

Design collections by Wilson Choi
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Design collections by Wilson Choi

Established in 1977, the Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest (YDC) aims to nurture and identify emerging talent for the local garment and fashion industry. Hong Kong has become a thriving hub for design and branded labels, and the YDC is where many leading designers made their mark, including Barney Cheng, Cecilia Yau, and Harrison Wong.

Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 2017 YDC invited world-famous designers to sit on the judging panel. They assessed contestants based on creativity, originality, market potential, workmanship, use of fabrics, and overall visual appeal.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) alumnus, Wilson Choi, was announced the second runner-up. Previously from Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), he enrolled on a one-year top-up degree in BA (Hons) Fashion Design, a joint programme offered by NTU and the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE).

Wilson won a cash prize of HK$20,000 (£1,940) and a study trip overseas sponsored by MINI.

His design collection, ‘The Stolen Soul’, was inspired by the 50s Swedish movie Ondskan, compelling him to examine the bullying culture in schools and society. He chose navy blue, a colour broadly associated with school uniforms, as the primary colour tying his collection together.

The maroon brushstroke stripes introduce a sense of defiance, and the sportswear-inspired pieces incorporate bonding and seamless techniques on wool; fitted with pockets to enhance functionality.

Gilly Staples, BA (Hons) Fashion Design course leader, told us: “International students bring a new dimension and diversity to the course. It’s great to see them grow through international collaboration and education.”

Hong Kong Young Fashion Designers’ Contest

Published on 27 October 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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