The Fashion Museum, Bath will soon be making the announcement of which designer has been selected as Dress of the Year 2012. This year’s award winning ensemble has been chosen by Vanessa Friedman, fashion editor of the Financial Times. Friedman says: ‘I am truly honoured by the invitation to select the Dress of the Year, and by the chance to contribute to the Bath Fashion Museum’s incredible collection and history, especially in a year as full of extraordinary, news making achievement in design as 2012.’
The Dress of the Year award scheme was established in 1963 by Doris Langley Moore, the founder of the Fashion Museum. It’s Hall of Fame includes an international roll call of designers from Mary Quant (1963) and Ossie Clark (1969) to Alber Elbaz for Lanvin (2005), Alexander McQueen (1996, 1999 and 2011) and Kenzo Takada (1976, 1977), and provides a fascinating record of the ever changing moods and silhouettes of contemporary fashion. The roster of industry experts who have previously selected the Dress of the Year is equally meritorious from Ernestine Carter (1966, The Sunday Times) and Beatrix Miller (1970, Vogue) to Suzy Menkes (1985, The Times) and Sarahjane Hoare (2004, Vanity Fair).
This year the Fashion Museum and the Dress of the Year scheme celebrate their 50th anniversary. The Fashion Museum, Bath was recently listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 fashion museums in the world. The only UK entry.