Dress of the Year

Dress of the Year

The Dress of the Year is an annual fashion award run by the Fashion Museum, Bath from 1963. Each year since 1963, the Museum has asked a fashion journalist to select a dress or outfit that best represents the most important new ideas in contemporary fashion[1]. For 2010 the Museum broke with tradition by asking the milliner Stephen Jones, rather than a journalist, to choose an outfit. [2]. The outfit is then donated to the Fashion Museum along with an Adel Rootstein mannequin to represent that year's total look.[1]

Dress of the Year selections in chronological order

Year Designer Selected by:
Mary Quant = Grey wool pinafore dress & blouse
Reed Crawford = hat
Anello & Davide = boots
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
Jean Muir for Jane & Jane = Liberty silk dress
Christian Dior at Charles Jourdan = shoes
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
John Bates at Jean Varon = Printed linen dress with mesh midriff
Anello & Davide = shoes
Members of The Fashion Writers' Association
Michèle Rosier of V de V for Young Jaeger = Clear plastic raincoat
Young Jaeger = Black & white rayon linen dress
Simone Mirman = hat
Elliott = boots
John Bates for Echo = tights
Ernestine Carter, Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times
David Bond for Slimma = Woman's trouser suit & blouse in striped cotton
Edward Mann = hat
Saxone = shoes
Felicity Green of The Daily Mirror
Jean Muir = Black-spotted white cotton voile dress
Bally = shoes
Ailsa Garland of Fashion Magazine
Ossie Clark for Quorum = Woman's silk chiffon and satin trouser suit in Celia Birtwell print.
Rayne = shoes
Prudence Glynn of The Times
Bill Gibb at Baccarat = Woman's plaid wool skirt with blue & white blouse
Kaffe Fassett = knitted waistcoat
Chelsea Cobbler = boots
Beatrix Miller of Vogue
Female: Graziella Fontana for Judith Hornby = Hot pants suit in checked Liberty cotton.
Ravel = sandals
Male: Rupert Lycett Green for Blades = Black velvet man's evening suit & boots
Serena Sinclair of The Daily Telegraph and Patrick Lichfield
Biba = Teenage girl's dress, hat & boots, all in red & white spotted cotton
Bobby Hillson = Young girl's checked cotton dress & pinafore
Orange Hand for Montague Burton = Boy's trousers, jumper and tank top
Moira Keenan of The Sunday Times
Female: Marc Bohan for Christian Dior London = White wool coat & hat
Male: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche = Wool jacket, trousers & sweater
Alison Adburgham of The Guardian
Ottavio and Rosita Missoni = Male & female ensembles in knitted wool & rayon
Pasquali = shoes
Jennifer Hocking of Harper's Bazaar and Queen magazine
Female: Gina Fratini = Wedding dress, veil & posy basket, cream silk organza with mimosa print
Male: Tommy Nutter = Bridegroom's frock coat suit, eau de nil wool
Chelsea Cobbler = shoes
Anna Harvey of Brides magazine
Female: Kenzo Takada of Jungle Jap = Two women's ensembles, printed cotton, with wooden jewellery
Male: Fiorucci = Hand-knitted sweater, two shirts and jeans
Helena Matheopoulos of The Daily Express
Kenzo Takada of Jungle Jap = Shirt-dress in khaki cotton, straw hat & plimsolls
Ann Boyd of The Observer
Female: Gordon Luke Clarke = Printed cotton & polyester jersey tunic, skirt and trousers worn with black leather skirt and coat
Male: Cerruti = Coat, jacket, waistcoat & trousers, knitted wool and wool tweed
Barbara Griggs of The Daily Mail
Jean Muir = Black rayon jersey dress & beret with black leather jacket
Manolo Blahnik for Zapata = shoes
Geraldine Ranson of The Sunday Telegraph
Calvin Klein = Red & brown striped silk dress with leather belt & wooden jewellery
Diego della Valle = sandals
Michael Roberts of The Sunday Times
Karl Lagerfeld for Chloé = Printed white silk dress
Walter Steiger = shoes
Ugo Correani = necklace
Vanessa de Lisle of Harper's & Queen
Margaret Howell = Linen skirt, shirt and waistcoat
Nigel Preston of Maxfield Parrish = Blue suede and fawn chamois leather skirt & jacket with Margaret Howell shirt, belt by Mulberry
Manolo Blahnik for Zapata = shoes
Grace Coddington of Vogue
Sheridan Barnett = Linen dress and coat
Manolo Blahnik = shoes
Sally Brampton of The Observer
Female: Body Map = Ensemble comprising skirt, jumper, stockings, hat, waxed jacket & earrings
Female: Betty Jackson = Dress, cardigan & hat with scarf by Brian Bolger
Male: Katharine Hamnett = Man's T-shirt, shirt and cotton trousers
Brenda Polan of The Guardian
Female: Bruce Oldfield = Black silk & gold lamé evening dress
Charles Jourdan = shoes
Maria Buck = jewellery
Male: Scott Crolla ensemble, shirt, crushed velvet trousers and ikat mules.
Suzy Menkes of The Times
Male: Giorgio Armani = Jacket, trousers, shirt and brogues
Female: Giorgio Armani = Checked wool jacket, skirt, and black suede shoes
Colin McDowell of Country Life
John Galliano = Checked cotton coat, skirt, shirt & hat
Patrick Cox = shoes
Debbi Mason of Elle
Jean-Paul Gaultier for Junior Gaultier = Black denim dress, mesh T-shirt, hat, tights & shoes
Jeff Banks of The Clothes Show, BBC television.
Rifat Ozbek = Woman's evening ensemble, embroidered velvet
Kathryn Samuel of The Daily Telegraph
Romeo Gigli = Woman's trouser suit, dark blue velvet, with organza blouse
Joan Burstein of Browns
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel = Pink lurex & wool tweed jacket & shoes, denim skirt & hat, belt & costume jewellery
Elizabeth Tilberis of Vogue
Ralph Lauren = Woman's black and white pinstripe trouser suit & shirt
Liz Smith of The Times
Donna Karan = Purple wool & stretch velvet dress, hat & boots
Glenda Bailey of Marie Claire
John Galliano = Black silk strapless evening dress
Meredith Etherington Smith of Harper's & Queen
Female: Catherine Rayner = Wedding dress, beaded ivory silk satin
Emma Hope = shoes
Male: Tom Gilbey = Bridegroom's ivory silk frock coat, embroidered waistcoat & cream wool trousers
Sandra Boler of Brides magazine
Female: Alexander McQueen = Floral brocade top with red 'bumster' trousers
Male: Paul Smith = Bright blue two-piece suit and shirt
Tamsin Blanchard of The Independent
Hussein Chalayan = Purple evening dress with sunburst bead embroidery
Julien MacDonald = 'Mermaid' evening dress, gold knitted rayon & horsehair
Lainey Keogh = Evening dress and coat, black knit with beading
Deborah Milner = Evening coat, purple velvet, with fur collar
Philip Treacy = Sculptural black bonnet
Isabella Blow of The Sunday Times
Female: Sonia Rykiel = Woman's ensemble, black knitted sweater & combat trousers, with pink marabou stole
Male: Chris Bailey for Jigsaw Menswear = Silver-grey suit, white T-shirt and ankle-length puffa jacket.
Iain R. Webb of Elle
Alexander McQueen = Dress, cream lace with brown leather collar & sandals
Susannah Frankel of The Independent
Donatella Versace for Versace = Bamboo-print silk chiffon evening dress and jeweled mules.
Lisa Armstrong of The Times
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche = Woman's 'peasant' ensemble, gauze top, velvet & satin skirt, with boots and velvet scarf
Alexandra Shulman of Vogue
Junya Watanabe = Dress, pieced together knit & jersey fabrics, and distressed cow-hide shoes
Hilary Alexander of The Daily Telegraph
Marni = Colorful printed dress.
Lucinda Chambers of Vogue
Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche = Evening dress in Chinese dragon print satin.
Sarajane Hoare of Vanity Fair
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin = Blue silk faille dress with full skirt.
Charlie Porter of GQ and The Guardian
Prada = Olive green coat with fur patch pockets.
Sarah Mower
GILES = orange Troubador dress with accompanying orange scarf.
Hywel Davies
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel = Gold star and navy blue trouser ensemble.
Kate Moss for Topshop = Long sleeved black dress with heart-print.
Paula Reed of Grazia
Antonio Berardi = White and black trompe l'oeil corset dress.
Lucy Yeomans of Harper's Bazaar
Vivienne Westwood = Green ribbed shot-silk deconstructed dress.
Stephen Jones


  1. ^ a b Dress of the Year at the Fashion Museum's website Accessed 25 May 2011
  2. ^ Press release for the 2010 Dress of the Year at the Fashion Museum's website Accessed 25 May 2011

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