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Creativity and panache sees HKDI students sweep seven prizes in HK Fur Design Competition 2016

3 February 2016

Five students and graduates of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design programme at Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), a member institution of VTC, shone during Hong Kong Fur Design Competition 2016, sweeping a total of seven awards including the championship and first and second runners-up in the Full Fur Category, the championship and first runner-up of the Fur Combination Category as well as the Commercial Award and Best Sketch Award.

The Full Fur Category Overall Winner-cum-Best Sketch awardee YAN Tsz-ching, a Higher Diploma Fashion Design student at HKDI, created an evening parka with a voluminous bodice trimmed from rows of fox dyed in black and red, contrasting with a tapered hem created from sheared mink inlay in a net pattern. The bodice is in the form of bursting flames that embodies the essence of the fiery female spirit. A delighted Tsz-ching said that the opportunity to take part in a major Hong Kong fashion design competition and actually go on to win was a huge confidence boost in terms of pursuing a design career. She added that HKDI’s design programme – during which she learnt drawing, prototype making and communicating her concepts to manufacturers – places a premium on concept actualisation, i.e. turning strong creative ideas into actual garments.

Meanwhile WU Suet-hin of the same programme was named Overall Winner of the Fur Combination Category. Inspired by the beauty of coral, hers is a design interplaying the mix and match of fur and knit. Blue fox, dyed in shades of beige and white and trimmed in the style of a capelet, with gigantic plaited fox collar detail running down centre-front, dramatises the stylish look. Suet-hin said HKDI’s programme on knitwear design introduced her to large knitting machines for the first time, encouraging her to master advanced knitting techniques and computer-aided design, and better equipping her for communicating her ideas to manufacturers in the future. Tsz-ching and Suet-hin are to attend a short programme at a respected fur design centre in Copenhagen and tour the fashion capitals in Europe to familiarise them with the international industry.

YU Sze-ki, the Commercial Award winner, designed a mink coat made up of irregular mink strips in black, grey and white, with some stitched on only one side to create interesting three-dimensional form and movement. Judges commended his design for its compatibility with a range of different styles and outfits. For his prize, Sze-ki will attend a short programme with Studio NAFA, a fur design studio in Toronto, Canada, to gain a greater understanding of overseas fashion trends.

The annual Hong Kong Fur Design Competition is organised by the Hong Kong Fur Federation with a view to providing a platform for young designers to showcase their design flair. Some 500 entries were received this year and judged on the criteria of originality, commercial value, marketability, craftsmanship, fur material use and overall design.

The Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is a member of VTC Group. HKDI was established in 2007 with the mission to be a leading provider of design education and lifelong learning. It brings together the strengths of design departments of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) to encourage synergy and interdisciplinary thinking in its broad range of design programmes. HKDI maintains a strong network with industry and provides its students with essential practical experience enriched with cultural sensitivities and sustainability. The campus in Tiu Keng Leng provides a creative, inspiring and vibrant learning environment for students. 

Website: www.hkdi.edu.hk

Annex: List of winners of Hong Kong Fur Design Competition 2016

Category & Prize Name
Full Fur Category
Overall Winner YAN Tsz-ching, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student, HKDI
First Runner-up Cho Po, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student, HKDI
Second Runner-up NG Man-wai, Higher Diploma Fashion Design graduate, HKDI
Fur Combination Category
Overall Winner WU Suet-hin, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student, HKDI
First Runner-up NG Man-wai, Higher Diploma Fashion Design graduate, HKDI
Commercial Award YU Sze-ki, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student, HKDI
Best Sketch Award YAN Tsz-ching, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student, HKDI

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Inspired by the theme of flame, YAN Tsz-ching, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student of HKDI, created a three-dimensional evening parka with a contrasting palette of red and black, taking the Overall Winner prize in the Full Fur Category and the Best Sketch Award
Inspired by the theme of flame, YAN Tsz-ching, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student of HKDI, created a three-dimensional evening parka with a contrasting palette of red and black, taking the Overall Winner prize in the Full Fur Category and the Best Sketch Award
Inspired by the beauty of coral, WU Suet-hin, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student at HKDI, presented a coat whose fur collar flutters in the wind like coral under the sea, winning her the Overall Winner title in the Fur Combination Category
Inspired by the beauty of coral, WU Suet-hin, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student at HKDI, presented a coat whose fur collar flutters in the wind like coral under the sea, winning her the Overall Winner title in the Fur Combination Category
YU Sze-ki, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student of HKDI, created a subdued coat with intriguing three-dimensional form and movement, winning him the Commercial Award
YU Sze-ki, Higher Diploma Fashion Design student of HKDI, created a subdued coat with intriguing three-dimensional form and movement, winning him the Commercial Award