Designer Christopher Kane chosen as the Fashion Museum’s
Dress of the Year 2013
The latest Fashion Museum Dress of the Year has
been unveiled. In 2013 the museum asked celebrated fashion blogger
Susanna Lau of www.stylebubble.co.uk to
make the selection.
Susanna’s choice as Dress of the Year 2013 is a
sugar pink silk organza dress from leading British designer
Christopher Kane's Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The on-the-knee
sleeveless dress is embellished with cut-out white machine-made
lace panels to which are affixed jewelled roundels, made up of
hundreds of tiny pink diamantes. Strips of black duct tape are
attached all over the front of the garment – a bold heavy detail
against the delicacy, lightness, and brightness of the dress.
Susanna has completed the Dress of the Year
ensemble with a pair of hot pink and black 'Liquorice Allsorts'
striped stiletto heel sandals by Sophia Webster, and a cartoon
character pink canvas cap by Nasir Mazhar.
Susannah Lau said: “I chose Christopher Kane's
dress because, to me, he is one of the most exciting and brilliant
designers to have emerged from London Fashion Week. He manages to
take the most unexpected elements and make them work in collections
that then define seasons. The Spring/Summer 2013 season saw Kane
take on Frankenstein –crystals, black gaffer tape and white lace
shouldn't sit well with one another but the juxtaposition somehow
come off as harmonious.
“To accompany the dress I have also chosen young
accessories designers who have also contributed to London 's rise –
unconventional milliner Nasir Mazhar who has segued into
street-inspired ready to wear and quirky shoe designer Sophia
Scottish-born Christopher Kane, who picked up the
Designer of the Year award in 2013 at the recent British Fashion
Awards said: "It’s a huge honour to be selected for the Dress of
the Year award at the Fashion Museum in Bath, the dress means so
much to me. It’s a really good mixture of both tough and sweet.
It’s a remarkable dress chosen by a remarkable woman.”
When his Spring/Summer 2013 collection was unveiled
at London Fashion Week an exhibition dedicated to Punk was being
assembled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The
original punk aesthetic showcased a mix of synthetic fabrics
including plastic, PVC and rubber and purposefully damaged and
destroyed finishing. And Kane is a designer who likes to question
the notion of what is considered chic and push fashion forward.
The Fashion Museum is grateful to Susanna Lau,
Christopher Kane, Sophie Webber, Nasir Mazhar, and Rootstein
Display Mannequins for their generous support.
The Dress of the Year is on display at the Fashion
Museum from Friday 11 April and throughout 2014.
Dress of the
Year choices from 1963 to 2013 are
listed on the left.
Dress of the Year 2013. By Christopher Kane
Susanna Lau wearing her Dress of the Year
Image: Chris Moore http://www.catwalking.com/