Issey Miyake beats out Kate's wedding dress and Alexander McQueen exhibit for top fashion prize
Issey Miyake beat out two of the biggest fashion stories of the year - Sarah Burton's Alexander McQueen wedding gown for the Duchess of Cambridge and the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the highly regarded Design Museum of London's Fashion Prize. What exactly was deemed more deserving than some of the biggest fashion stories of the year? Miyake's studio's origami-inspired "132 5." collection, a piece from which - crafted of recycled polyester - is seen above.
The mathmatically calculated designs fold flat, opening with 3D dimensions and create prisms of unfolding shapes. It all derives from the Pleats Please project Mayake pioneered in the '80s.
Okay, fine, impressive.
Other nominees included the Céline autumn 2011 collection by Phoebe Philo, Mary Katrantzou's fall 2011 collection, Suno spring 2011, Vivienne Westwood's "Ethical Fashion Africa Collection" for fall 2011, and Melissa + Gaetano's Pesce boot and flip-flop.
It is an interesting choice to shy away from the more populist nominations. But I suppose one could say Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress got enough attention, and such an intellectual prize should go to a genius designer that draws on a complex integration of science and art.