The Dame Vivienne Westwood sustainable and ethical award is given to a student for designing and creating a sustainable, ethically aware and socially responsible product. The award is sponsored by Lenzing Group, a world market leader in the global textile and non-wovens industry, with a history of sustainably producing high-quality botanic fibers.

Fashion executives with particular expertise in sustainable textile manufacturing reviewed the work of several design students as part of London’s Graduate Fashion Week June 4-7. Judges included Jennifer Thiel, Studio Manager at Vivienne Westwood’s “Gold Label;” Oya Barlas Bingul, Lenzing Group Business Development Manager; Amanda Johnston, curator and consultant at The Sustainable Angle, (a nonprofit supporting projects minimize industry’s and society’s environmental impact); and Tamsin Lejeune, Managing Director and Founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum.

The awarded design—which garners the winner a cash prize and a visit to The Sustainable Angle studio and The Ethical Fashion Forum—must embody and communicate sustainable and ethical practices, using sustainable raw materials with lower-impact manufacturing and production techniques.

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This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit www.carvedinblue.lenzing-fibers.com.