Designs of the Year Shortlist Unveiled

London Design Museum. image courtesy of (http://www.urbanjunkies.com)

London Design Museum. image courtesy of (http://www.urbanjunkies.com)

The London Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year exhibition is set to take place on March 20th this year, and the shortlist has just been announced. These awards bring together the most original and influential creations from numerous design disciplines, including digital, architectural, product design and of course fashion design. The nominees are selected based on their practicality as well as their aesthetic appeal. It’s been such a stellar year for design, choosing a winner won’t be a simple matter – and competition in the Fashion category looks set to be especially heated. Here’s a look at some of the nominees to make it onto the Designs of the Year shortlist for 2013:

Yayoi Kusama’s Louis Vuitton Collection

Celebrated Japanese artists Yayoi Kusama has teamed up with Louis Vuitton to create an unforgettable clothing collection, featuring her unmistakable trademark polka dots. This Yayoi Kusama collection has been in the spotlight for repeatedly selling out at Selfridges in London’s Oxford Street, where a 13-foot-tall statue was erected in homage to Kusama in September last year.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel

“Style is everything… style is a way of life. Without it, you’re nothing.” These are the words of Diana Vreeland, the iconic 20th-Century fashion editor who became known as the “Empress of Fashion” during her prolific career. This fashion documentary, directed by her granddaughter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland, takes a closer look at the life and times of this remarkable woman and what made her work so special. It’s sure to be a tough contender at this year’s Designs of the Year exhibition.

Anna Karenina Costumes by Jacqueline Durran

Director Joe Wright’s 2012 adaptation of the Tolstoy classic has been praised for its visual appeal, and costume designer Jacqueline Durran has earned her third Oscar nomination for her work on the film’s costumes – her previous nominations were for Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007). The exquisite, highly stylised costumes of Anna Karenina are a combination of 1870s period costumes and 1950s couture; think sumptuous gowns, dashing military dress-uniforms and $2 million’s worth in Chanel diamonds!

Christian Dior SS13

If Christian Dior’s Ready-to-Wear Spring/ Summer 2013 Collection is a sign of things to come from new creative director Raf Simons, the brand is looking at a bright future indeed. The pieces combine classic silhouettes, crisp tailoring and contemporary fabrics in what has been described as “modern poetry” by fashion critics.

Proenza Schouler, Commes de Garcons and Craig Green were also among those named on the Designs of the Year shortlist. We can’t wait to see the results!

Nicky Warner is a London fashion blogger with a love of all things sartorial, from mens casual shirts to red carpet gowns.

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