The Dress of the Year 2016 has been announced by the Fashion Museum in Bath.
Chosen especially for the museum by Kate Phelan of British Vogue, the selection comprises two ensembles by internationally renowned designer Jonathan Anderson.
One is a womenswear ensemble for the Spanish luxury fashion house Loewe, where Anderson holds the position of creative director; the other is a menswear ensemble from the designer’s eponymous label, JW Anderson. The selection marks Anderson’s status as a leading designer today.
The womenswear look is a cream mohair tweed asymmetric fringed dress, worn with a gold leaf Napa leather bustier/corset. The ensemble is accessorised with coiled wire and coin bracelets and a tan leather bag.
The menswear look is a cream chunky oversized cardigan, worn with ribbed knit trousers, a white shirt with metallic button detail, bright red Velcro-tabbed, boxing-style trainer boots and a Perspex choker.
Both ensembles are from autumn/winter 2016, and are now on display at the Fashion Museum as part of the A History of Fashion in 100 Objects exhibition.
Jonathan Anderson said: “I have a massive respect for Kate Phelan, whom I have known for many years. It’s very humbling to know that she appreciates the work I put out there for both JW Anderson and Loewe.”
Kate Phelan, senior contributing editor at British Vogue and global creative director of Topshop, said: “It has been an honour to be asked by the Fashion Museum Bath to select the Dress of the Year 2016. I chose a look from Loewe womenswear and a complimentary look from JW Anderson menswear, both under the creative direction of Jonathan Anderson, because his collections are intelligent and represent a new world of fashion and style, reflecting the future ahead in our ever changing world.
“I have followed Jonathan’s career since his first collections in the London Fashion Week exhibition space at Somerset House and have watched how meticulously he examines his surroundings to design for the present and future.”
Rosemary Harden, manager of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum, said: “It’s fantastic that the museum is able to keep pace with and showcase the latest developments in contemporary fashion, through the continued generosity of the very best of the global fashion industry. We welcome Jonathan Anderson to our Fashion Hall of Fame here in Bath”.
The Dress of the Year Collection at the Fashion Museum began in 1963, when the museum was founded as the Museum of Costume, Bath. Since then, a leading commentator and expert on fashion has been invited each year to select an ensemble, or ensembles, from those shown by the world’s designers during international fashion weeks.
Phelan is not the first British Vogue editor to have chosen the Dress of the Year for the Fashion Museum. Previous selectors have included Alexandra Shulman (2001, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent), Elizabeth Tilberis (1991, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel) and Beatrix Miller (1970, Bill Gibb).