Circular Design Award Winners announced!

Celebrating Excellence in Circular Design

We had an incredible celebration of fashion and sustainability at the 2023 Mindful Fashion Circular Design Awards held in Auckland in November!

We are excited to announce the inaugural Award winners of the Mindful Fashion Circular Design Award 2023!

The Award celebrates the best of emerging talent in sustainable fashion design. On show were some of the many and varied ways that clothes can be designed for the circular economy.

Designers rose to the challenge, and pushed the boundaries in their design process and use of innovative production techniques.

The judges commented that overall it was an incredible group of entries, very strong for the first year of the awards. What particularly resonated was the wide range of waste streams tackled and solutions developed which illustrates the many different ways that circularity can show up. Well done for taking up the challenge!

Congratulations to all the Award Winners!

Circular Design Award Winners 2023!

VIVA Editorial Award

William Keane Jung-Ying Fitzgerald.

The Cockroach outfit subverts furniture removal blankets with modern tailoring.

The judges commended this outfit for challenging the norms, its beautiful craftsmanship and the consideration of wearability.

Award for Creative Excellence

Karlie Morrow.

No Virgins Allowed deconstructs and reconstructs end of life

The judges noted this outfit was fully resolved, showed original creativity in its innovative use of waste denim and showed an inclusive design function and aesthetic.

Award for Innovation showing Exciting Commercial Potential

Olivia Schaw.

The Joy of the Journey is a zero waste design, shining a light on the beginning of a garments life.

The judges commended Olivia’s community-based approach, the easy to source waste stream it tackles and that it would be easy to scale.

Award for Excellence from a Rising Talent

Katherine Chow.

Transformation, renewal, connection breathes modernity and new life into obsolete parachutes.

The judges loved the innovative choice of material, and highlighted the clever way the design referenced its first life. The versatility of the garment gave it strong appeal.

Read more about the Award winners here.

Congratulations to all the Award winners, finalists, and entrants for taking up the challenge!

We were absolutely thrilled with the myriad of ways that creatives explored what designing for a circular fashion ecosystem could look like. The future is bright! We're looking forward to growing and evolving the awards for 2024 to continue to spark seeds of change.

2023 Circular Design Award winners, from left: Karlie Morrow, Olivia Schaw, William Fitzgerald, Katherine Chow