The results are in. The inaugural Wool4School student design competition held in Hong Kong has wrapped up its first year, with Year 9 student Kwong Yum Yu Tashi (St. Paul’s Secondary School) winning the junior division and Cheung Ka Lee, Year 12, (Kwun Tong Government Secondary School) winning the senior division.
In its first foray overseas, more than 300 students in Hong Kong have entered a modified competition by touching, designing and describing garments using Australian Merino wool.
Collaborating with the Hong Kong government’s Education Bureau (HKEB), The Woolmark Company encouraged students from junior and senior schools to take part in the real-life fashion design experience. The partnership with HKEB greatly assisted The Woolmark Company’s Hong Kong office to promote and introduce the Wool4School competition into more than 600 schools across Hong Kong, educating a new generation about the benefits, properties and versatility of Australian wool.
Under the competition’s theme Live Life, Love Wool, students were asked to choose either New York City, Sydney, Paris, Moscow or Shanghai and design an outfit – comprising more than 80 per cent Australian Merino wool – suitable to the chosen city’s climate and student’s personal style. Along with the design illustration, submissions had to also include a mood board and annotations for evaluation.
“We visited junior and senior schools across Hong Kong to brief the teachers about the competition and the versatility of the fibre,” explained AWI Country Manager for Hong Kong Alex Lai.
“We received very positive feedback from teachers, who also reported that students were excited to learn about the fibre and were amazed that wool is not just a fibre for winter, but a fibre for all seasons.”
Ms Jo Poon from the Hong Kong Design Institute and Ms Florence Tang from Wiseknit Factory Limited, who assisted judging the competition, each said they were surprised to see the overwhelming number of submissions and the talent and creativity of each entrant, including colours and fabric co-ordination illustrated via sketches, mood boards and annotations.
Influential Australian designer Jonathan Ward, who has been an integral Wool4School partner in Australia each year the competition has been held, made the final decision for both the junior and senior winners.
“The junior winner has presented an amazing design utilising wool on a velvet, reflecting the style and sophistication of Paris,” explained Mr Ward after reviewing the finalists’ submissions.
“The senior winner showcased excellent overall presentation and embraced all features and benefits of wool innovation and design creativity. This is shown through her flamboyant reflection of New York’s Broadway.”
1st: Kwong Yum Yu Tashi (St. Paul’s Secondary School, Year 9)
2nd:Lo Man Kwan Michelle (St. Stephen’s Girls’ College, Year 9)
3rd: Wong Lok Yiu Charlotte (St.S tephen’s Girls’ College, Year 9)
1st: Cheung Ka Lee (Kwun Tong Government Secondary School, Year 12)
2nd: Lai Shi Yin (STFA Lee Shau Kee College, Year 11)
3rd: Sin Cheuk Man (St. Catharine’s School for Girls, Year 10)