Tess Whitfort is a Melbourne based fashion designer with a strong focus on sustainability and ethics. She recently won the Redress Design Award, which is the largest sustainable fashion design competition in the world, for her upcycled, zero-waste pattern cut collection. Tess also won the 2017 Melbourne Fashion Week Student Emerging Designer Award and the 2017 Box Hill Institute Degree Student of the Year Award. Tess is currently preparing to launch her first retail collection in collaboration with sustainable Hong Kong based brand The R Collective. The collection is created using textile waste and zero waste pattern cutting techniques and aims to disrupt and reimagine the way we design, make, and sell clothing. Tess is also featured in sustainable fashion documentary Frontline Fashion which is currently streaming on YouTube. Tess strives to create clothing that doesn’t harm people, animals, or the environment while maintaining her signature edgy streetwear style. She’s inspired by counterculture and the idea that being a total badass and a good person aren’t mutually exclusive.
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