Fashion Museum Bath announces Dress of the Year 2020 | The Fashion Museum

Fashion Museum Bath announces Dress of the Year 2020

The Fashion Museum Bath is pleased to announce that the following ensembles have been chosen for the prestigious annual accolade, Dress of the Year.

16 December 2020

Each year, the Fashion Museum invites a top name from the fashion industry to select an outfit that encapsulates the prevailing mood of fashion, represents the past year and captures the imagination.  This year seven outfits plus one film have been chosen by award winning fashion journalist and educator Iain R. Webb, including the headline making look worn by Naomi Campbell on a flight to New York in March 2020; camel cashmere cape by Riccardo Tisci for Burberry with Tyvek hazmat suit, facemask and pink latex gloves.

Camel cashmere and brown leather cape with gold metal hardware by Riccardo Tisci for Burberry Resort 2020 worn by Naomi Campbell 
With Tyvek hazmat suit, facemask, pink latex gloves.

Please note: The hazmat suit is not the original, but a similar suit purchased online by the Fashion Museum to replicate the look.


Khaki cotton twill scrubs - Marine Garment by Ian Jeffries.
Unisex ensemble consisting reversible slipover shirt, drawstring trousers and matching mask, beanie hat and bag.

Black Lives Matter cotton T-shirt
A symbol of mass global protest, ‘a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.’** (**

Blood orange satin padded bomber jacket 6XL, PVC trousers (worn as scarf), hoodie, bodysuit, mask by Francesco Colucci (@francesco.colucci82)
As featured in his series of Instagram Isolation Portraits.

Patchwork and appliqué cashmere and cotton kimono, patchwork and embroidered sweater and painted stripe cotton shorts by Daisy Robbins, final year fashion student at Kingston School of Art
Finalist in Cashmere Couture project for The White Company.

A Dress of Hope. Hand crafted ensemble made from antique table linen, bed linen and lace trimmings
Especially commissioned for Dress of the Year 2020, by Ibrahim Kamara and Gareth Wrighton.

Matt viscose jersey dress with felt appliqué design by Iain R Webb
Updated toile from Final Collection, St Martin’s School of Art, 1980. Watch the video here.

Pictured: Updated toile from Final Collection, St Martin’s School of Art, 1980. Modelled by Princess Julia.

S.W.A.L.K – a film by Nick Knight
A collaboration with John Galliano that documents the process of making the Maison Margiela Artisanal Co-Ed Collection Autumn/Winter 2020.

Rosemary Harden, Fashion Museum Manager, said, “We are delighted to reveal the Fashion Museum’s Dress of the Year 2020.  Seven fabulous - and seven very different - ensembles, will join the famed Dress of the Year Collection at the Fashion Museum in Bath. Taken together, the looks that Iain R Webb has chosen, weave a thought-provoking narrative about the state of fashion in 2020. As Professor Webb notes, this is not a conventional year, and for this reason the inclusion of a myriad of looks for 2020 is one that we hope will sit well within the canon of dress history. Visitors will be able to see all of the pieces chosen as Dress of the Year 2020 on display when the Fashion Museum re-opens on 29 March 2021.”     

2020 selector Iain R Webb  said of his selection. “Whilst making my selection for Dress of the Year 2020 I realised that it wasn’t just the conversations surrounding fashion that were changing but that the entire landscape had shifted. Fashion is now communicated and disseminated in so many ways other than from the catwalk, which in itself often feels, well, old fashioned. As does the selection of one garment, one ensemble, in the attempt to encapsulate 365 days, especially when each new day brought dreadful news. As February turned into March, the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic terrorised the world. In May, the killing of George Floyd horrified. In 2020, how could these things still be happening? This was no conventional year.

I have therefore chosen to take a radical approach, curating instead a collection of garments that combined tell a story of a moment in time. This moment. While traditionally the selector might nominate a womenswear ensemble accompanied by a menswear outfit, the late Isabella Blow, who, wanting to promote her favourite crop of young British designers, selected the work of seven including Hussein Chalayan, Shaun Leane and Philip Treacy among them, set a precedent in 1997. I hope my selection will prove as thought provoking and cogent.”

The chosen designs will become part of the museum’s world-class collection and will go on display when the Fashion Museum reopens after being closed for a year due to the pandemic, on 29 March 2021.

For a more detailed breakdown of Iain R Webb’s choices please read here.