This year is the 50th anniversary of the Bath Fashion Museum’s Dress of the Year and this year the very special honour goes to a House of Dior dress. The lucky winning outfit is an embroidered silk cut-off gown that was paired with a pair of slim trousers by the House of Dior at a catwalk show in Paris. Although technically not a dress, the top is a cut-off dress that is simply brilliant in full length or short length.
The dress was chosen to be a part of the collection by Vanessa Friedman the Financial Times fashion editor. The ensemble was created by Raf Simons the head designer of Dior who took over at the fashion house in 2012. He commented that it is a grand honor to have been chosen by the Bath Fashion Museum Council as their dress of the year.
He went on to complain that the collection in the museum is very distinct and not just the fashion, but also the fact that it has a large historical value and he is very proud that his clothes are some of the looks that are featured.
Friedman stated that her choice represented a move away from the extreme, escapist garments that have marked the close of the century and is a nod to the future of the 21st century following the recession. She remarked that the Dior gown is the perfect choice because it blends fantasy with functionality and shows the values of couture now: to simplify the lives of women.
Rosemary Harden, the museum manager, stated that they are very delighted to give Raf Simon’s Dior creation the designation as the Dress of the Year 2012 because it shows the intricacies of ultra-modern design paired with haute couture and luxury craftsmanship.
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