Looks for the ded­i­cated - and very rich - fol­low­ers of fash­ion

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Richard Bache [email protected]­plc.com

THE fash­ion ac­ces­sory nec­es­sary to per­fectly com­ple­ment the pres­ti­gious “Dress of the Year” re­vealed by a Bath mu­seum is ... very deep pock­ets.

Any­one hop­ing to recre­ate these looks as a Christ­mas gift for their loved ones would need to have a spare £20,000 in their wal­let or purse.

Since 1963 the Fash­ion Mu­seum Bath has se­lected a ‘Dress of the Year’ and some of the big­gest names in fash­ion such as Karl Lager­feld, Mary Quant and Tom Ford have pre­vi­ously won.

Ini­tially the pres­ti­gious con­test fo­cused purely on women’s fash­ion, but in more re­cent years menswear has also been ac­knowl­edged.

The strik­ing pink Dior suit which won this year’s men’s con­test is part of the Paris fash­ion house’s spring/ sum­mer 2019 col­lec­tion.

The en­sem­ble would be a bold choice at The Rec in Bath and even some of Bath’s top in­ter­na­tional play­ers would baulk at the nearly £4,000 es­ti­mated cost of the out­fit.

The out­fit isn’t avail­able to buy yet, but the clos­est com­pa­ra­ble Dior pieces the Chron­i­cle could find were £750 for the train­ers, £900 for the bag, £1,500 for the suit jacket and £630 for the trousers.

That how­ever is a rel­a­tive bar­gain com­pared to the win­ning women’s out­fit, which is se­lected from Louis Vuit­ton’s spring/sum­mer 2018 col­lec­tion and would leave pre­cious lit­tle change from £16,000 to as­sem­ble.

The coat is ap­prox­i­mately £14,000, train­ers £740, shorts £840 and the blouse £890.

Each year the mu­seum asks a noted fash­ion ex­pert to select their favourite cat­walk look and these out­fits were cho­sen by Alexan­der Fury, fash­ion fea­tures di­rec­tor of An0ther mag­a­zine and men’s fash­ion critic at the Fi­nan­cial Times.

He said: “The over-arch­ing idea be­hind these choices is to re­flect the in­flu­ence and im­por­tance of his­tory. Louis Vuit­ton and Chris­tian Dior are both his­toric houses, 164 and 72 years old re­spec­tively, helmed by suc­ces­sors rather than the founders.

“Each of these two ex­am­ples deals with his­tory in dif­fer­ent ways. Vuit­ton is an up­date of 18th-cen­tury court cloth­ing – in­cred­i­bly ac­cu­rate, but made to feel to­tally modern via jux­ta­po­si­tion, of sports shorts and train­ers with a bro­caded frock-coat.

“Kim Jones’ look from his de­but Dior menswear col­lec­tion trades not on wider French his­tory, but on Dior’s her­itage.”

Named the Tailleur Oblique, the di­ag­o­nal line is based on Chris­tian Dior’s win­ter 1950 haute cou­ture col­lec­tion.

The suit is in pink, a sig­na­ture Dior colour se­cond only to grey, the pink shade was in­spired by the brick of Dior’s child­hood home in Granville on the Nor­mandy coast.

“Along­side his­tory, there is an oddly up-to-the-minute el­e­ment of gen­der flu­id­ity in these choices. And, in­ter­est­ingly, both looks are worn with train­ers. Oddly un­der­rep­re­sented in Bath but at every level the footwear that best rep­re­sents our time.”

Rose­mary Harden, fash­ion mu­seum cu­ra­tor, said, “We are thrilled with Alexan­der Fury’s se­lec­tion of work by Ni­co­las Gh­esquière for Louis Vuit­ton and Kim Jones for Dior as Dress of the Year 2018. A huge thank you to Alexan­der for put­ting so much thought into what is a truly in­spired se­lec­tion.”

Coun­cil­lor Paul My­ers, cab­i­net mem­ber for Eco­nomic and Com­mu­nity Re­gen­er­a­tion at Bath & North East Som­er­set Coun­cil, which runs the Fash­ion Mu­seum, said: “We are very grate­ful to Alexan­der Fury and also to the de­sign­ers, who have gen­er­ously do­nated these two en­sem­bles to the mu­seum.

“They will be dis­played as the fi­nal items in the A His­tory of Fash­ion in 100 Ob­jects ex­hi­bi­tion, where lo­cal res­i­dents with a Dis­cov­ery Card will be able to see them for free.”

The cho­sen de­signs have be­come part of the mu­seum’s world-class col­lec­tion and have gone on dis­play in its head­line ex­hi­bi­tion, A His­tory Of Fash­ion In 100 Ob­jects.

The Dress of the Year Col­lec­tion was launched in 1963 by Doris Lan­g­ley Moore, founder of the Fash­ion Mu­seum.

Each of these deals with his­tory in dif­fer­ent ways.

Pic­tured left, Ni­co­las Gh­esquière’s S/S 2018 col­lec­tion for Louis Vuit­ton. A silk em­broi­dered redin­gote style coat worn with white silk cropped long sleeve blouse with ruf­fles, light blue jer­sey shorts and ‘Arch­light’ sneak­ers. Pic­tured right, Kim Jones’ S/S 2019 col­lec­tion for Dior. A light pink cash­mere twill dou­ble-breasted ‘Tailleur Oblique’ jacket and high waist wide trousers, ac­ces­sorised with tri­coloured cot­ton can­vas and navy blue grained calf­skin duf­fle bag, ‘B24’ light pink calf­skin and mesh sneak­ers, and a chunky metal neck­lace with pink rhodonite de­tail and ‘CD’ clo­sure.

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