​a craig green menswear look has been named dress of the year

The blue, quilted and tied jacket and trousers are the first menswear designs to win the Fashion Museum award.

03 December 2015, 1:40pm

Craig Green has been announced as the winner of the Fashion Museum's 2015 Dress of the Year competition, with a blue, quilled and tied jacket and trousers menswear look from his spring/summer 15 collection. It is the first time a menswear look has been selected as Dress of the Year, and for the accompanying exhibition Craig Green's two looks were shown on one male and one female mannequin, highlighting the popularity of his designs with both men and women.

"It is an incredible honour to have been selected for the Dress of the Year 2015. Many of the previous winners are design heroes of mine from a very young age, so to even be listed in the same list as them is very surreal. To be named as the first menswear recipient of the prize is an amazing compliment," Craig Green says.

"There has been a female customer for the collections since the very beginning. To see anybody wearing pieces from the collections is something exciting for me - male or female," Green continues, musing, "I am not sure why some of the pieces seem to attract a womenswear customer. [It] feels like some of the garments' shapes seem to have worked well on both male and female body shapes. It feels like a sign of the times, the direction that everything is moving towards. The rules and restrictions as to what is gender specific have become increasingly blurred. It feels like something that should be celebrated".

Creative director of Topman Gordon Richardson, who selected the winning look, comments, "My choice of Craig Green as the designer of Dress of the Year 2015 was in some respects incredibly straightforward. Modern contemporary designs do not get any better than this. There's a deliberately simple and somewhat austere element to his work that results in beautiful, sparse clothes that transcend gender so effortlessly and skilfully fuse his love of craft and fashion".

The Dress of the Year 2015 exhibition is at the Fashion Museum in Bath until 3 January. Craig Green's winning design will also feature in the upcoming Spring exhibition.