Design Awards Pit Kate Middleton Dress Against Olympic Torch


Design Awards nominations dominated by Olpympics and Alexander McQueen

The recently released Design Awards nominations longlist is dominated by the Olympics and Alexander McQueen. While it includes nominations for both the Olympic torch, and the Olympic velodrome, Alexander McQueen also gets two nominations – one for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, and another for Savage Beauty, his retrospective at New York Metropolitian Museum of Art.

The curator of the Design Awards exhibition said: ‘From the everyday practicality of a carefully crafted dining chair to the thought-provoking solar powered 3D printing machine that points to the future, this year’s nominees reflect the diversity of design in all its forms, showcasing designs that will have an impact on our everyday and future lives.’

The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton, the person who took over as creative director of the late designer’s label in 2010. Intricately decorated, it was handstitched by dozens of members of the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court, and went on display in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace during the annual summer opening last year.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty attracted 660,000 visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, making it the Met’s eighth-most-popular exhibition of all time, and contributing to record attendance of 5.6 million! 

The Olympic torch was created by east London design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who wanted the piece to emulate a piece of sporting equipment rather than a traditional trophy – to be ‘physically light and visually light’. The Olympic velodrome, was designed by Hopkins Architects and has been nicknamed the ‘giant Pringle’

The Design Awards are the Oscars of the design world, being considered the top award in the industry. The long-listed designs are in seven different categories: architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport. A winner for each category will be selected by a high profile judging panel.

The nominated items will go on show at the museum in Shad Thames, south London, from 8 February, with the winners announced at a ceremony at the museum on April 24.

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