Friday, 8 April 2011

Dress of the Year 2010

The Fashion Museum in Bath has just announced its Dress of the Year 2010. The gorgeous dress, by Vivienne Westwood, is made from pale olive shot-silk, and was chosen by miliner, Stephen Jones – the first time a fashion designer has made the selection since the Dress of the Year scheme began in 1963.

Stephen Jones explains why he selected the dress: “I studied the Dresses of the Year from Mary Quant (63) to Antonio Berardi (09). I was amazed to see that fashion doyenne Vivienne Westwood was not represented in the collection. As possibly the greatest designer of our times, it was my choice, even my responsibility to address this.

"I have chosen this dress from Vivienne’s spring summer 2010 collection. For me it represents the junction in her design oeuvre; the revolutionary ripped hems that she was the first to create 35 years ago in her punk clothing at her shop ‘Sex’, and her study of the ladylike design codes of the British Royal Family that started in 1985. The precious bicoloured taffeta is draped in a radically unique manner which hints at decorum but with an underlying sexuality that is at the heart of Westwood’s design.

"This dress is striking for its beauty and individuality but above all its the essence of the creativity of Dame Vivienne Westwood.”

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