When Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton painstakingly designed the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, she incorporated fabrics sourced from British companies, and used lace hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace detailed with four emblems of the United Kingdom: a rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrock. This week, the wedding gown that won admirers around the world landed a nomination for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2012 awards.
Other nominees in the Fashion category for the annual design awards — called the Oscars of the design industry — include London-based, Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou’s autumn/winter 2011 collection, which combined gorgeous prints inspired by Ming vases, Meissen porcelain, and Fabergé eggs with sculptural silhouettes; Italian architect Gaetano Pesce’s collaboration with Brazilian plastic footwear brand Melissa (customizable boots and flip flops comprised of connected circles, which can be cut away for a new shape); and Vivienne Westwood’s Ethical Fashion Africa autumn/winter 2011 collection, made by marginalized communities of women using materials recycled from roadside ad banners and safari tents. Alexander McQueen also made the list for the “Savage Beauty” retrospective at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
All nominees will be exhibited at the Design Museum in London from February 8 to July 15, with the winners being announced at a ceremony at the museum on April 24. To see the rest of the fashion nominees for the Designs of the Year 2012, click through our photo gallery. Who do you think should win? Our favorite is Mary Katrantzou’s autumn/winter 2011 collection.