Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview outfit has been named the ‘Dress of the Year’ by the Fashion Museum in Bath.
The Giorgio Armani garment will feature in the gallery as a part of its headline exhibition, A History Of Fashion In 100 Objects, for representing an ‘anti-establishment moment’ in time.
In an interview with Dazed magazine, those tasked with picking the dress, Ibrahim Kamara and Gareth Wrighton, revealed why they made their controversial decision.
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They explained: ‘In today’s hyper-stylised pop culture, the ‘Dress of the Year’ now has the potential to also be ‘Meme of the Year’ and we both latched upon Meghan and Harry’s now-iconic interview with Oprah as the definitive anti-establishment moment that will forever endure in the British collective consciousness.
“Meghan’s wrap dress by Armani, worn to showcase a divine pregnancy, framed the Duchess in black against the bountiful landscaping of Tyler Perry’s Hollywood garden.
“This look now, through sheer association with a viral television moment, is firmly ingrained in our pop culture psyche.”
The Bath museum’s manager, Rosemary Harden, added that it was ‘one of the defining pop-cultural moments of 2021’.
She added: “This is a fabulous addition to the Fashion Museum collection. There are moments in history that are all about the dress and Meghan’s interview with Oprah was just such an occasion.
“The softly structured Armani dress with beautiful appliqued lotus flower motif was part of a carefully curated look, guaranteed to send messages, and to imprint itself in our consciousness time and time again.
“Thank you to Ibrahim and Gareth for this landmark selection for the Dress of the Year Collection, and to Armani for most generously gifting the dress to the Museum.”
At the time of the interview, the Duchess of Sussex is reported to have chosen the dress – that features a lotus flower – as it has an ‘symbolic association with rebirth, self-regeneration and spiritual enlightenment’.
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