Vogue eye on FM’s ‘Dress of the Year’

One of Britain’s most esteemed stylists is to select the Fashion Museum Bath’s Dress of the Year 2016.

Kate Phelan, who is a Senior Contributing Editor at British Vogue magazine and Global Creative Director of Topshop, has been invited to select the outfit which encapsulates the prevailing mood of fashion, represents the past year and captures the imagination.

Speaking ahead of the decision, Kate said: “I am delighted and honored to be asked to select the Dress of the Year 2016. The Fashion Museum, Bath is not only a much loved destination in Bath but has been a source of inspiration and education to many of our most talented creatives working in fashion in the world today. This is an important task and selecting the outfit for 2016 will be an exciting challenge.”

Each year, the Fashion Museum invites a top name from the fashion industry to select an outfit that they feel represents fashion in the last 12 months. The outfit then goes on display at the museum and becomes part of its world-class collection.

Last year’s selection. 2015: Craig Green: Blue cotton jacket and trousers. Selector: Gordon Richardson, Topman

Kate Phelan is an esteemed fashion stylist. After 18 years as Co-Fashion Director at British Vogue, she took on the role of Global Creative Director of Topshop in 2011, a position she still holds in addition to that of Senior Contributing Editor of Vogue.

During her tenure at Vogue, Kate has collaborated with some of the most revered photographers, models and personalities in the fashion world – including Kate Moss, Alasdair McLellan, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Tim Walker, Lara Stone, Alexa Chung and Nick Knight – and has produced some of the magazine’s most memorable cover shoots.

Rosemary Harden, Manager of the Fashion Museum Bath, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled and delighted that Kate Phelan of British Vogue will be selector of the Dress of the Year 2016 for the Fashion Museum Bath. British Vogue has been celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016 and, as the year draws to a close, it’s wonderful to be able to mark the magazine’s role as the arbiter of all things fashion in the Dress of the Year scheme at the Fashion Museum Bath. It’s been an exciting year in fashion, with a lot of change, and we are very much looking forward to Kate’s choice.”


Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones (Conservative, Lansdown), Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Bath & North East Somerset Council, which runs the Fashion Museum Bath, said: “We are delighted that Kate Phelan has agreed to select the Fashion Museum’s Dress of the Year, and look forward to seeing what she chooses as her fashion highlight of 2016. The Dress of the Year has been an important aspect of the museum’s collection since 1963, and provides a unique record of the direction of fashion and a valuable educational resource for all to enjoy. Local residents with a Discovery Card will be able to see the Dress of the Year for free when it goes on display at the Fashion Museum Bath in 2017.”

The Dress of the Year 2016 will be announced and go on display at the Fashion Museum during February 2017, becoming the ‘grand finale’ exhibit and 100th object in the museum’s 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 Bath. Dress of the Year 1963, chosen by the Fashion Writers’ Association, was a grey wool dress and cream blouse by Mary Quant.

Other feted designers featured include Ossie Clark, Kenzo Takada, Missoni, Calvin Klein, Muiccia Prada, Karl Lagerfeld (for Chloe and Chanel), Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford and Raf Simons. The Dress of the Year 2015 was two ensembles by visionary menswear designer Craig Green, selected by Gordon Richardson, Creative Director at Topman.

The full Dress of the Year collection can be viewed at www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/galleries/dress-year