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]

Selections in chronological order[edit]

Year Designer(s) Brief description Selected by: Associated publication
Mary Quant
Reed Crawford (hat)
Anello & Davide (boots)
Grey wool 'Rex Harrison' pinafore dress & cream blouse.[4]
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
Jean Muir for Jane & Jane
Charles Jourdan for Dior (shoes)
Dress in printed Liberty silk.
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
John Bates for Jean Varon
Anello & Davide (shoes)
Printed linen dress with mesh midriff.
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
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
David Bond for Slimma
Edward Mann (hat)
Saxone (shoes)
Woman's trouser suit, hat & blouse in striped cotton.
Felicity Green
The Daily Mirror
Jean Muir
Bally (shoes)
Black-spotted white cotton voile dress.
Ailsa Garland
Ossie Clark for Quorum
Rayne (shoes)
Woman's silk chiffon and satin trouser suit in Celia Birtwell print.[4]
Prudence Glynn
The Times
Bill Gibb for Baccarat
Kaffe Fassett (knitwear)
The Chelsea Cobbler (boots)
Plaid wool skirt and blue and white blouse, knitted waistcoat, blue suede boots.
Beatrix Miller
British Vogue
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
Teenage girl:Biba
Young girl: Bobby Hillson
Young boy: Orange Hand for Montague Burton
Teenage girl: Dress, hat & boots, red & white spotted cotton.
Young girl: Checked cotton dress & pinafore.
Young boy: Trousers, jumper and tank top.
Moira Keenan
The Sunday Times
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
Ottavio and Rosita Missoni
Pasquali (shoes)
Male & female ensembles in knitted wool & rayon.
Jennifer Hocking
Harper's Bazaar and Queen
Female: Gina Fratini
Male: Tommy Nutter
The 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
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
Kenzo Takada of Jungle Jap
Shirt-dress in khaki cotton, straw hat & plimsolls.
Ann Boyd
The Observer
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
Jean Muir
Manolo Blahnik for Zapata (shoes)
Black rayon jersey dress & beret with black leather jacket.
Geraldine Ranson
The Sunday Telegraph
Calvin Klein
Diego della Valle (sandals)
Red & brown striped silk dress with leather belt & wooden jewellery.
Michael Roberts
The Sunday Times
Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé
Walter Steiger (shoes)
Ugo Correani (necklace)
Printed white silk dress.
Vanessa de Lisle
Harper's & Queen
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
British Vogue
Sheridan Barnett
Manolo Blahnik (shoes)
Linen dress and coat.
Sally Brampton
The Observer
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
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
Giorgio Armani
Female: Checked wool jacket, skirt, and black suede shoes.
Male: Jacket, trousers, shirt and brogues.
Colin McDowell
Country Life
John Galliano
Patrick Cox (shoes)
Checked cotton coat, skirt, shirt & hat.
Debbi Mason
Jean-Paul Gaultier for Junior Gaultier
Black denim dress, mesh T-shirt, hat, tights & shoes.
Jeff Banks
The Clothes Show (BBC)
Rifat Ozbek
Woman's embroidered velvet evening ensemble.
Kathryn Samuel
The Daily Telegraph
Romeo Gigli
Woman's dark blue velvet trouser suit with organza blouse.
Joan Burstein
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Pink lurex & wool tweed jacket & shoes, denim skirt & hat, belt & costume jewellery.[4]
Elizabeth Tilberis
Ralph Lauren
Woman's black and white pinstripe trouser suit & shirt.[4]
Liz Smith
The Times
Donna Karan
Purple wool & stretch velvet dress, hat & boots.
Glenda Bailey
Marie Claire
John Galliano
Black silk strapless evening dress.
Meredith Etherington-Smith
Harper's & Queen
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
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
Female: Hussein Chalayan
Female: Julien MacDonald
Female: Lainey Keogh
Female: Deborah Milner
Philip Treacy (bonnet)
Mr Pearl (corset)
Shaun Leane (mouthpiece)
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
Black satin corset
Silver sculptural mouthpiece[6]
Isabella Blow
The Sunday Times
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
Alexander McQueen
Cream lace dress with brown leather collar and sandals.[7]
Susannah Frankel
The Independent
Donatella Versace for Versace
Bamboo-print silk chiffon evening dress and jeweled mules.[8]
Lisa Armstrong
The Times
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
'Peasant' ensemble of gauze top and velvet & satin skirt, with boots and velvet scarf.
Alexandra Shulman
Junya Watanabe
Dress, pieced together knit & jersey fabrics, with distressed cow-hide shoes.[5][9]
Hilary Alexander
The Daily Telegraph
Colorful printed dress.[10]
Lucinda Chambers
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche
Evening dress in Chinese dragon print satin.
Sarajane Hoare
Vanity Fair
Female: Alber Elbaz for Lanvin
Male: Thom Browne
Female: Blue silk faille dress with full skirt.
Male: Suit with covered buttons and seersucker lining.[11]
Charlie Porter
GQ; The Guardian
Woman's olive green coat with fur patch pockets.[10]
Sarah Mower
Giles Deacon at GILES
Orange 'Troubadour' dress with accompanying orange scarf.[10]
Hywel Davies
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.[10]
Paula Reed
Antonio Berardi
White and black trompe l'oeil corset dress.[12]
Lucy Yeomans
Harper's Bazaar
Vivienne Westwood
Green ribbed shot-silk deconstructed dress.[13]
Stephen Jones
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
White embroidered ivory tulle and organza ballgown.[14]
Hamish Bowles
Raf Simons for Christian Dior
Embroidered and appliquéd silk cut-off ballgown and black cigarette pants.[7]
Vanessa Friedman
Financial Times
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.
Pink and black sandals with striped stiletto heel.[3]
Susanna Lau
Style Bubble
Gareth Pugh
'Look 41' ensemble in plastic sheeting and calico.[15]
Katie Grand
Craig Green
Two menswear/gender-neutral ensembles shown on male and female mannequins.[16]
Gordon Richardson, design director of Topman.
Female: JW Anderson for LOEWE
Male: JW Anderson
Female: Cream mohair tweed dress with gilded Nappa leather bustier, tan leather bag and wire and coin jewellery.
Male: Cream oversized cardigan, trousers, white shirt and red trainer-boots. Perspex choker.[17]
Kate Phelan
British Vogue
Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior
"We Should All be Feminists" T-shirt.[18]
Sarah Bailey
Female: Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton
Male: Kim Jones for Dior Homme
Female: Ensemble comprising an embroidered pink silk coat, white silk cropped long-sleeve blouse and blue jersey shorts, with 'Archlight' sneakers.
Male: "Look 27," a pink cashmere double-breasted suit, canvas and calfskin duffle bag, pink calfskin and mesh sneakers, and chunky metal and rhodonite necklace.[19]
Alexander Fury
Another Magazine and Financial Times
Giambattista Valli for H&M
Evening dress in pink pleated tulle.[20]
Donna Wallace
British Vogue
Female: Riccardo Tisci for Burberry & PPE
Neutral: Ian Jeffries for Marine GARMENT
Neutral: Black Lives Matter T-shirt
Male: Francesco Colucci
Female: Daisy Robbins for Daisy Sunshine
Female: Gareth Wrighton & Ib Kamara
Female: Iain R. Webb
Documentary film: Nick Knight
Female: "Apocalypse Outfit" as worn by Naomi Campbell: Burberry cashmere cape with Tyvek overall; latex gloves, face mask.
Neutral: Gender-neutral khaki T-shirt and trousers with fishing cap, mask, and cotton bag inscribed "BLACK LIVES MATTER".
Neutral: Unisex T-shirt with Black Lives Matter slogan.
Male: Ensemble from Colucci's "Isolation Portraits" series, assembled from an orange down jacket, PVC trousers, a jumpsuit and a sculptural mask.
Female: Patchwork cotton and cashmere kimono, embroidered sweater and painted cotton shorts.
Female: "A Dress of Hope" designed by Wrighton & styled by Kamara, using found table linens.
Female: Dress from Iain R. Webb's graduate collection of 1980.
Documentary film: "SWALK", about John Galliano at Martin Margiela.[21]
Iain R. Webb
Black silk georgette dress with lotus flower embroidery.[22]
Ib Kamara and Gareth Wrighton

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dress of the Year at the Fashion Museum's website Archived 29 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine 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. Archived from the original on 29 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. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014.
  6. ^ Lester, Richard (2013). Dress of the year. Antique Collectors' Club. pp. 141–142. ISBN 9781851497256.
  7. ^ a b Frankel, Susannah (18 April 2013). "Winning Dior! Raf Simons On Designing The Bath Dress Of 2012". Grazia. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  8. ^ Evans, Caroline (2007). Fashion at the edge spectacle, modernity and deathliness (3. printing. ed.). New Haven [u.a.]: Yale University Press. p. 115. ISBN 978-0300124675.
  9. ^ "Who what when where why: Liv Tyler". The Daily Telegraph. London. 13 December 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  10. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014.
  11. ^ Porter, Charlie (3 December 2005). "Top of the frocks". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Bath Fashion Museum announces new Dress of the Year". BBC News. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  13. ^ Starr, Rhiannon (17 May 2011). "Stephen Jones picks Vivienne Westwood number as Dress of the Year". culture24.org.uk. Archived from the original on 10 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Dress that inspired Kate Middleton's wedding gown is Bath Fashion Museum Dress of Year". culture24.org.uk. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Prestigious Dress of the Year announced". ITV News. 24 March 2015. Archived from the original on 25 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  16. ^ Gush, Charlotte (3 December 2015). "a craig green menswear look has been named dress of the year". i-d. I-D Magazine. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  17. ^ "World-renowned Fashion Museum in Bath announces Dress of the Year 2016 | Bath Echo". Bath Echo. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  18. ^ Gowans-Eglinton, Charlie (1 December 2017). "How t-shirt activism became the fashion statement of the year". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  19. ^ Staff writers (3 December 2018). "Fashion Museum in Bath announces prestigious Dress of the Year 2018". Bath Echo. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Pink dress worn by Kendall Jenner to go on display at Bath museum". ITV News. ITV. 29 November 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  21. ^ Różyc, Marcin (10 May 2021). "Dress of the Year: Jakie ubrania zapamiętamy z 2020?". Vogue Polska (in Polish). Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  22. ^ Prisco, Jacopo (24 February 2022). "Meghan's Oprah interview dress is named fashion museum's Dress of the Year". CNN. Retrieved 26 February 2022.

Further reading[edit]

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

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