Every year, a selected fashion expert gets to choose a dress or outfit that will be donated by its designer and makes history as part of the “Dress of the Year” collection at the Fashion Museum in Bath, England. Featured Image represents 2012 Dress of the Year by Raf Simons for Christian Dior – Cut-off embroidered ballgown and black silk cigarette pants. This is how he described his inspiration for this dress:
“It was an idea of bringing a more dynamic and young element to couture in quite a literal way. By young I do not necessarily mean age. It is about how a woman reacts in our society today. Her grandmother might have been a couture client in the fifties or sixties but what would she do with one of her grandmother’s ball-gowns today? I thought she would literally cut the bottom off and wear it with trousers…I suppose in my own way, the slicing of the ball-gown in two, a gown based on one in the archive, was also the idea of breaking the perfection with a gesture.” (https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/)
Kate Phelan of British Vogue selected the dress for 2016 by “Loewe and JW Anderson: Cream mohair tweed asymmetric fringed dress with gold leaf Napa leather bustier/corset. Cream chunky oversized cardigan, worn with ribbed knit trousers and white shirt with metallic button detail.” (website description)
For a complete collection from 1963 to 2016 go to https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/galleries/dress-year.
I hope I will get a chance to visit this place in the future and have a larger collection of photos.
Featured Image and Photos by Mabalu (photograph), (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons