The fight against fashion's waste: Frontline Fashion season 4 now live

With an estimated 175 tonnes of textile waste created every minute*, a fresh look at the fashion system is long overdue. Enter the world's largest sustainable fashion competition, the Redress Design Award, which challenges top emerging designers from around the globe to cut waste out of fashion using creativity and innovation.

Award winning docu-series Frontline Fashion follows the ups and downs of 10 finalists in the competition, as the Redress team and judges put them through their paces.

The series – now in its fourth season – takes us behind the scenes with the designers as they face challenges and discover industry innovations. Viewers get a glimpse of the passion and creativity that it takes to transform the future of fashion, whilst getting to know the designers and their inspirations.

These designers focus on solutions to fashion's prolific waste, using up-cycling, reconstruction and zero-waste techniques to transform waste textiles into stunning creations. In the series finale, their collections, made of anything from old workers’ uniforms to defective camping gear, walk the runway at Asia’s premier fashion event for an audience of 1,000, a panel of international judges, and the ultimate winner is chosen.

Hosted by model and TV presenter Cara G McIlroy and taking place in Hong Kong, Asia’s sustainable fashion hub, Frontline Fashion 4 is presented in five bite-sized episodes, launched in parallel with the kickoff of the 2020 competition cycle, which is currently accepting applications until 18 March. 

Watch the complete season 4 of Frontline Fashion, now available on the RedressAsia YouTube channel.


In the first episode we meet the newest batch of finalists on their arrival into Hong Kong from Canada, Germany, UK, Spain, Israel, Australia and India, while host Cara G McIlroy explores the historic garment district of Sham Shui Po with Redress Founder, Christina Dean.


Delving into Hong Kong’s rich history in garment manufacturing at The Mills, a textile mill turned cultural centre, this episode showcases exciting new technologies that are transforming the fashion industry. The designers face their first challenge in creating a made-to-measure, up-cycled red carpet look for McIlroy to wear at the upcoming Grand Final show, drawing inspiration from iconic Hong Kong landmarks PMQ and Tai Kwun. 


The finalists head to Vietnam for a rare opportunity to see the sheer scale of mass manufacturing and the positive impacts it can have through technology with TAL Apparel. They also learn from supply chain experts at VF Corporation in Hong Kong, and how they are taking strides towards a more future-friendly model to better the industry and the planet.


It’s time to face the judges: the finalists’  collections are put under the microscope for style and sustainability by an international panel of experts. 


It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the Grand Final runway show, where the finalists present their sustainable collections to over 1,000 VIPs and industry experts at CENTRESTAGE, Hong Kong. Who will win the coveted First Prize winner of creating a sustainable collection with REVERB of JNBY Group?


*"Pulse of the Fashion Industry - Global Fashion Agenda." Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.