Fashion Museum – Dress of the Year


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 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 Webster.”


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