Dress of the Year

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Dress of the Year exhibit at the Fashion Museum, Bath. From left to right, outfits by Christopher Kane (2013), Mary Quant (1963), and John Galliano (1987).

The Dress of the Year is an annual fashion award run by the Fashion Museum, Bath from 1963. Each year since 1963, the Museum has asked a fashion journalist to select a dress or outfit that best represents the most important new ideas in contemporary fashion.[1] For 2010 the Museum broke with tradition by asking the milliner Stephen Jones, rather than a journalist, to choose an outfit;[2] and again in 2014 when the fashion blogger, Susanna Lau of Style Bubble, was asked to choose an outfit for 2013.[3] The outfit is then donated to the Fashion Museum along with an Adel Rootstein mannequin to represent that year's total look.[1]

Dress of the Year selections in chronological order[edit]

Year Designer(s) Brief description Selected by: Associated publication
1963
Mary Quant
Reed Crawford (hat)
Anello & Davide (boots)
Grey wool 'Rex Harrison' pinafore dress & cream blouse.[4]
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
1964
Jean Muir for Jane & Jane
Charles Jourdan for Dior (shoes)
Dress in printed Liberty silk.
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
1965
John Bates for Jean Varon
Anello & Davide (shoes)
Printed linen dress with mesh midriff.
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
1966
Michèle Rosier of V de V (coat)
Young Jaeger (dress)
Simone Mirman (hat)
Elliott (boots)
John Bates for Echo (tights)
Clear plastic raincoat and boots worn with black & white rayon linen dress, white tights and white hat with red plastic visor.[5]
Ernestine Carter
The Sunday Times
1967
David Bond for Slimma
Edward Mann (hat)
Saxone (shoes)
Woman's trouser suit, hat & blouse in striped cotton.
Felicity Green
The Daily Mirror
1968
Jean Muir
Bally (shoes)
Black-spotted white cotton voile dress.
Ailsa Garland
Fashion Magazine
1969
Ossie Clark for Quorum
Rayne (shoes)
Woman's silk chiffon and satin trouser suit in Celia Birtwell print.[4]
Prudence Glynn
The Times
1970
Bill Gibb for Baccarat
Kaffe Fassett (knitwear)
Chelsea Cobbler (boots)
Plaid wool skirt and blue and white blouse, knitted waistcoat, blue suede boots.
Beatrix Miller
UK Vogue
1971
Female: Graziella Fontana for Judith Hornby
Ravel (sandals)
Male: Rupert Lycett Green for Blades
Female: Hot pants suit in checked Liberty cotton.
Male: Black velvet evening suit & boots.
Serena Sinclair and Patrick Lichfield
The Daily Telegraph
1972
Teenage girl:Biba
Young girl: Bobby Hillson
Young boy: Orange Hand for Montague Burton
Teenage girl: Dress, hat & boots, all in red & white spotted cotton.
Young girl: Checked cotton dress & pinafore.
Young boy: Trousers, jumper and tank top.
Moira Keenan
The Sunday Times
1973
Female: Marc Bohan for Christian Dior London
Male: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Female: White wool coat & hat.
Male: Wool jacket, trousers & sweater.
Alison Adburgham
The Guardian
1974
Ottavio and Rosita Missoni
Pasquali (shoes)
Male & female ensembles in knitted wool & rayon.
Jennifer Hocking
Harper's Bazaar and Queen magazine
1975
Female: Gina Fratini
Male: Tommy Nutter
Chelsea Cobbler (shoes)
Female: Wedding dress, veil & posy basket, cream silk organza with mimosa print.
Male: Bridegroom's frock coat suit, eau de nil wool.
Anna Harvey
Brides
1976
Female: Kenzo Takada of Jungle Jap
Male: Fiorucci
Female: Two printed cotton ensembles with wooden jewellery.
Male: Hand-knitted sweater, two shirts and jeans.
Helena Matheopoulos
The Daily Express
1977
Kenzo Takada of Jungle Jap
Shirt-dress in khaki cotton, straw hat & plimsolls.
Ann Boyd
The Observer
1978
Female: Gordon Luke Clarke
Male: Cerruti
Female: Printed cotton & polyester jersey tunic, skirt and trousers worn with black leather skirt and coat.
Male: Coat, jacket, waistcoat & trousers, knitted wool and wool tweed.
Barbara Griggs
The Daily Mail
1979
Jean Muir
Manolo Blahnik for Zapata (shoes)
Black rayon jersey dress & beret with black leather jacket.
Geraldine Ranson
The Sunday Telegraph
1980
Calvin Klein
Diego della Valle (sandals)
Red & brown striped silk dress with leather belt & wooden jewellery.
Michael Roberts
The Sunday Times
1981
Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé
Walter Steiger (shoes)
Ugo Correani (necklace)
Printed white silk dress.
Vanessa de Lisle
Harper's & Queen
1982
Margaret Howell
Nigel Preston of Maxfield Parrish (leather wear)
Mulberry (belt)
Manolo Blahnik for Zapata (shoes)
Two women's ensembles, a linen skirt, shirt and waistcoat and a blue suede and fawn chamois leather skirt & jacket with cotton shirt.
Grace Coddington
UK Vogue
1983
Sheridan Barnett
Manolo Blahnik (shoes)
Linen dress and coat.
Sally Brampton
The Observer
1984
Female: BodyMap
Female: Betty Jackson
Brian Bolger: (scarf)
Male: Katharine Hamnett
Female: Ensemble comprising skirt, jumper, stockings, hat, waxed jacket & earrings (BodyMap).
Female: Dress, cardigan & hat and scarf (Jackson & Bolger).
Male: T-shirt, shirt and cotton trousers.
Brenda Polan
The Guardian
1985
Female: Bruce Oldfield
Charles Jourdan (shoes)
Maria Buck (jewellery)
Male: Scott Crolla
Female: Black silk & gold lamé evening dress.
Male: Shirt, crushed velvet trousers and ikat mules.
Suzy Menkes
The Times
1986
Giorgio Armani
Female: Checked wool jacket, skirt, and black suede shoes.
Male: Jacket, trousers, shirt and brogues.
Colin McDowell
Country Life
1987
John Galliano
Patrick Cox (shoes)
Checked cotton coat, skirt, shirt & hat.
Debbi Mason
Elle
1988
Jean-Paul Gaultier for Junior Gaultier
Black denim dress, mesh T-shirt, hat, tights & shoes.
Jeff Banks
The Clothes Show (BBC)
1989
Rifat Ozbek
Woman's embroidered velvet evening ensemble.
Kathryn Samuel
The Daily Telegraph
1990
Romeo Gigli
Woman's dark blue velvet trouser suit with organza blouse.
Joan Burstein
Browns
1991
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Pink lurex & wool tweed jacket & shoes, denim skirt & hat, belt & costume jewellery.[4]
Elizabeth Tilberis
Vogue
1992
Ralph Lauren
Woman's black and white pinstripe trouser suit & shirt.[4]
Liz Smith
The Times
1993
Donna Karan
Purple wool & stretch velvet dress, hat & boots.
Glenda Bailey
Marie Claire
1994
John Galliano
Black silk strapless evening dress.
Meredith Etherington Smith
Harper's & Queen
1995
Female: Catherine Rayner
Emma Hope (shoes)
Male: Tom Gilbey
Female: Beaded ivory silk satin wedding dress.
Male: Ivory silk frock coat, cream wool trousers and embroidered waistcoat.
Sandra Boler
Brides
1996
Female: Alexander McQueen
Male: Paul Smith
Female: Floral brocade top with red 'bumster' trousers.
Male: Bright blue two-piece suit and shirt[4][5]
Tamsin Blanchard
The Independent
1997
Female: Hussein Chalayan
Female: Julien MacDonald
Female: Lainey Keogh
Female: Deborah Milner
Philip Treacy (bonnet)
Female: Purple evening dress with sunburst bead embroidery (Chalayan).
Female: 'Mermaid' evening dress, gold knitted rayon & horsehair (MacDonald).
Female: Evening dress and coat, black knit with beading (Keogh).
Female: Evening coat, purple velvet, with fur collar (Milner).
Sculptural black bonnet
Isabella Blow
The Sunday Times
1998
Female: Sonia Rykiel
Male: Chris Bailey for Jigsaw Menswear
Female: Black knitted sweater & combat trousers, with pink marabou stole.
Male: Silver-grey suit, white T-shirt and ankle-length puffa jacket.
Iain R. Webb
Elle
1999
Alexander McQueen
Cream lace dress with brown leather collar and sandals.[6]
Susannah Frankel
The Independent
2000
Donatella Versace for Versace
Bamboo-print silk chiffon evening dress and jeweled mules.[7]
Lisa Armstrong
The Times
2001
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
'Peasant' ensemble of gauze top and velvet & satin skirt, with boots and velvet scarf.
Alexandra Shulman
Vogue
2002
Junya Watanabe
Dress, pieced together knit & jersey fabrics, with distressed cow-hide shoes.[5][8]
Hilary Alexander
The Daily Telegraph
2003
Marni
Colorful printed dress.[9]
Lucinda Chambers
Vogue
2004
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Evening dress in Chinese dragon print satin.
Sarajane Hoare
Vanity Fair
2005
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin
Blue silk faille dress with full skirt.
Charlie Porter
GQ; The Guardian
2006
Prada
Woman's olive green coat with fur patch pockets.[9]
Sarah Mower
2007
Giles Deacon at GILES
Orange 'Troubadour' dress with accompanying orange scarf.[9]
Hywel Davies
2008
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel (trouser ensemble)
Kate Moss for Topshop (dress)
Gold star and navy blue trouser ensemble.
Long sleeved black dress with heart-print.[9]
Paula Reed
Grazia
2009
Antonio Berardi
White and black trompe l'oeil corset dress.[10]
Lucy Yeomans
Harper's Bazaar
2010
Vivienne Westwood
Green ribbed shot-silk deconstructed dress.[11]
Stephen Jones
2011
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
White embroidered ivory tulle and organza ballgown.[12]
Hamish Bowles
Vogue
2012
Raf Simons for Christian Dior
Embroidered and appliquéd silk cut-off ballgown and black cigarette pants.[6]
Vanessa Friedman
Financial Times
2013
Christopher Kane (dress)
Nasir Mazhar (hat)
Sophia Webster (shoes)
Sugar-pink silk organza dress trimmed with white lace, diamanté and black duct tape.
Pink canvas cap with cartoon character motif.
'Liquorice Allsorts' sandals with striped stiletto heel.[3]
Susanna Lau
Style Bubble

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dress of the Year at the Fashion Museum's website Accessed 25 May 2011
  2. ^ Press release for the 2010 Dress of the Year at the Fashion Museum's website Accessed 25 May 2011
  3. ^ a b "Sugar pink duct tape Christopher Kane creation is Dress of the Year at Bath Fashion Museum". Culture24. 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Blanchard, Tamsin (25 November 1996). "Posterity: What single outfit defines 1996 fashion for you? A pair of Gucci velvet flares, a Diesel jacket as worn by our Liam?". The Independent. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Prudames, David (17 December 2002). "Museum Of Costume Unveils Its Dress Of The Year 2002". Culture24. 
  6. ^ a b Frankel, Susannah (18 April 2013). "Winning Dior! Raf Simons On Designing The Bath Dress Of 2012". Grazia. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Evans, Caroline (2007). Fashion at the edge spectacle, modernity and deathliness (3. printing. ed.). New Haven [u.a.]: Yale University Press. p. 115. ISBN 0300124678. 
  8. ^ "Who what when where why: Liv Tyler". The Daily Telegraph. 13 December 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d Culture24 Staff (14 May 2009). "Kate Moss and five new Dresses of the Year join the Fashion Museum, Bath". Culture24. 14 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Bath Fashion Museum announces new Dress of the Year". BBC News. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Starr, Rhiannon (17 May 2011). "Stephen Jones picks Vivienne Westwood number as Dress of the Year". www.culture24.org.uk. 
  12. ^ "Dress that inspired Kate Middleton's wedding gown is Bath Fashion Museum Dress of Year". www.culture24.org.uk. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Lester, Richard (2014). Dress of the Year. [S.l.]: ACC Editions. ISBN 9781851497256. 

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