Kate's gown nominated for Design Awards

The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown is a contender for the Design Museum’s Design of the Year Award alongside the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Olympic torch.

The Sarah Burton-designed gown is nominated in the fashion category. It’s the first of two nods for Alexander McQueen on the awards longlist, which also singles out Savage Beauty, the McQueen retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other fashion nominees include Phoebe Philo at Celine for her autumn-winter 2011 collection, LN-CC for its innovative store design, Mary Katrantzou for her A/W ’11 line, Gaetano Pesce for his Melissa brand boots and flip flops, Suno for its S/S ’11 collection and Vivienne Westwood for her second Ethical Fashion Africa Collection.


‘We’re showing the real breadth of fashion, from the monumental wedding dress, the garment that has been seen the most around the world in the past year, to something more humble that anybody could buy and wear, like the Melissa + Gateono Pesce flip flops and boots,’ exhibition curator Ria Hawthorn told us. ‘It’s great to show such high-end fashion and the more down-to-earth pieces.’

As well as fashion, the annual awards also honour excellence in Architecture, Digital, Furniture, Graphic and Transport design. Nominees in other categories include Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House, a new font and a wireless music speaker.


The Design Museum will exhibit selections from nominees across all seven categories from February 8 to July 15. The winners will be announced on 24 April.

Although the Museum can’t exhibit the royal wedding gown due to conservation concerns, curators are working with Alexander McQueen to represent the garment with sketches or original fabric swatches. The exhibition will encompass designs from Katrantzou and Philo’s collections.

‘We’re excited to show their designs in the museum for the first time,’ Hawthorn said. ‘The longlist shows a huge breadth of design, and fashion is very much a part of that. Whether it’s a building that we live in or clothing that we wear, it’s all design, and it’s all integral to the exhibition.’

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