UpStyle wins an iF DESIGN AWARD 2024 Gold

UpStyle by Wenbo Zhang and Yiqi Yan (both MDE ’24) is an MDE studio project from Spring 2023 that focuses on fashion, sustainability, and AI design. The students continued developing the project after studio concluded and submitted it to the iF Design Awards, where it won gold.

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UpStyle is winner of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2024 Gold

UpStyle has won the highest distinction – the iF DESIGN AWARD 2024 Gold – and is now one of the top winners of the world-renowned design label. From almost 11,000 submissions from 72 countries, only the 75 of most outstanding design achievements were honored with Gold.

UpStyle won over the 132-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world, with its AI-driven, sustainable-fashion solution dealing with the under-addressed throwaway culture. The winning UpStyle, won the iF DESIGN AWARD 2024 Gold in the discipline User Experience Concepts, in the Professional Concept category. The jury released the following statement regarding its decision to issue UpStyle the Gold award:

UpStyle uses AI to deliver viable, scalable solutions for the reuse, repair, and refurbishment of apparel to extend its lifespan and reduce waste. Fast fashion is one of the most glaring examples of unsustainable production in the modern world. Hats off to Harvard Innovation Labs for developing this concept with the potential to democratize fashion and achieve more sustainable production.

Y+ Studio is a design studio founded by Harvard alumni Yiqi Yan and Wenbo Zhang in 2022. The studio aims to deliver socially responsible design solutions by leveraging advanced technologies and design frameworks to address the constantly changing social paradigm.


  • Apps/Software
  • Product Interfaces
  • User Experience (UX)