The Fashion Museum Bath has announced its Dress of the Year 2016.
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 Mr Anderson holds the position of creative director.
The other is a menswear ensemble from the designer’s eponymous label, JW Anderson.
Mr Anderson works on both brands in tandem.
The Dress of the Year Collection at the Fashion Museum began in 1963, when the museum was founded as the Museum of Costume, Bath.
Each year, the Fashion Museum invites a top name from the fashion industry to select an outfit that they feel represents fashion in the last 12-months.
The outfit then goes on display at the museum and becomes part of its world-class collection.
Speaking about his award, 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.”
The womenswear look, for Loewe, 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, by JW Anderson, 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.
Kate Phelan, senior contributing editor at British Vogue and global creative director of Topshop, said she was “honoured” to have been asked to select the Dress of the Year 2016.
She added: “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 the outfits were “another prestigious addition” to the Dress of the Year collection.
She continued: “Anderson is one of this country’s most creative designers and has garnered international acclaim with his cutting-edge aesthetic.
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”.