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A showcase of creativity – VTC students sweep five top prizes in Hong Kong Fur Design Competition 2017

27 January 2017

Fashion design students of the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) and the Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI), both member institutions of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), clinched a total of five awards in the Hong Kong Fur Design Competition 2017, winning the championship and first runner-up prizes in both the Full Fur and Fur Combination categories, as well as the Commercial Award. For the first time, a THEi student of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design won the championship award of the Fur Combination category. Together with the champion of the Full Fur category, an HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, they will undertake internship in a global fur design centre in Denmark and tour famous fashion capitals in Europe for enhancement of design techniques and level.

Winner of the Fur Combination Category, LAU Hoi-yan, became the first THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student in Fashion Design to take this prestigious award. Her winning piece in white wool and fur, named ‘Glacier’, makes use of 3D tailoring to simulate the flow of a glacier. The white coat is accented with blue and grey colours to convey a cool vibe. Irregular lines are employed in the design, coupled with sequined patches resembling the natural wonder of glacier collision. Hoi-yan singlehandedly went through the design, material sourcing and production stages. Thanks to the valuable input of teachers and industry partners in the course, she learnt how to make use of different materials to design fashion.

CHOI Chung-yan, HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, was named champion of the Full Fur Category with her work entitled ‘Back to Nature’. Feeling that fur endears man to Mother Nature, she poured the natural elements of mountains and terraced fields into a deep green and white fur cape with fringes along the hem adding fluidity to the design. Chung-yan has been an active previous participant in competitions and this prize, recognising again her design flair, will boost her confidence in pursuing her vocation in fashion design.

As part of the prizes, both Hoi-yan and Chung-yan will have the opportunity to join a short design programme in a reputed fur design centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, then visit a famous fashion capital in Europe to enhance their design skills and broaden their personal horizons. This will help prime them for a professional design career in the future.

Winner of the Commercial Award, LI Yuen-man, is also an HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design. Her winning entry was made with patches of blue and white fur. The irregular pattern and contrasting textures were inspired by the patterns of natural rocks. Yuen-man said her solid colour design is minimalist in style, exhibiting the elegance and confidence of females and accentuating the slenderness of the wearer. Her work won the commendation of the judges.

The annual Hong Kong Fur Design Competition is a notable industry event organised by the Hong Kong Fur Federation to provide a platform for young designers to showcase their design flair, as well as create exchanges between the fur industry and fur lovers. Some 500 entries were received this year. They were judged on the criteria of originality, commercial value, marketability, craftsmanship, fur material use and overall design.

The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) is a member of the VTC Group. It offers vocationally-oriented degree programmes across three faculties: Design and Environment, Management and Hospitality, and Science and Technology. The programmes are offered in areas where the VTC has strengths, and which are also growth industries not only in Hong Kong but also across the region. They synthesis knowledge acquisition and practical applications in a way that enables students to grow into professionally-competent graduates. With its strong links with industry partners, THEi provides students with a vital platform for enhanced development. Website: www.thei.edu.hk 

The Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) is also a member of the 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 2017

  Category & Prize  Name
  Full Fur Category
  Winner   CHOI Chung-yan, HKDI Higher Diploma in Fashion Design
  First Runner-up   CHEUNG Shuk-yin, HKDI Higher Diploma in Fashion Design
  Fur Combination Category
  Winner   LAU Hoi-yan, THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fashion Design  
  First Runner-up   HO Long-sum, HKDI Higher Diploma in Fashion Design
  Commercial Award     LI Yuen-man, HKDI Higher Diploma in Fashion Design


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THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student in Fashion Design, LAU Hoi-yan (right), was the champion of the Fur Combination Category. Her work was inspired by the glaciers in snowy regions. Its irregular outline and design resembles cracks on a glacier’s surface.
THEi Bachelor of Arts (Honours) student in Fashion Design, LAU Hoi-yan (right), was the champion of the Fur Combination Category. Her work was inspired by the glaciers in snowy regions. Its irregular outline and design resembles cracks on a glacier’s surface.
CHOI Chung-yan (second from left), HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, was champion of the Full Fur Category with her work entitled ‘Back to Nature’, inspired by the natural elements of mountains and terraced fields.
CHOI Chung-yan (second from left), HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design, was champion of the Full Fur Category with her work entitled ‘Back to Nature’, inspired by the natural elements of mountains and terraced fields.
Winner of the Commercial Award, LI Yuen-man, is an HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design. Her successful entry was a vest made with blue and white fur patchworks, designed with a minimalist silhouette accentuating female curves.
Winner of the Commercial Award, LI Yuen-man, is an HKDI student of the Higher Diploma in Fashion Design. Her successful entry was a vest made with blue and white fur patchworks, designed with a minimalist silhouette accentuating female curves.