Prestigious Dress of the Year announced

Bath's Fashion Museum has announced the prestigious Dress of the Year award - a plastic coat and wrap ensemble.

Gareth Pugh has been awarded the Dress of the Year award Credit: Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Fashion Museum

The annual fashion award, which has been run every year since 1963, was given it to Gareth Pugh, one of the most celebrated British fashion designers.

His winning design - called Look 41 - was chosen by Editor-in-Chief of LOVE magazine, Katie Grand.

The dress is a super-sized structural ensemble made of plastic sheeting. It is tied with a kimono-style belt and completed with a pair of twisted cream calico trousers that morph into boots, and an elastic hair net.

It's an honour that Katie Grand has selected one of my outfits to represent the Dress of the Year 2014. I'm particularly delighted that the look that she has chosen - the finale from my Autumn/Winter 2014 show - is emblematic of what was an incredibly important season to me personally.

This look was created in a moment where I had decided to hit the reset button and re-examine what it was that inspired me when I was starting out, so the entire process was about stripping everything back to the bare necessities and simply celebrating the idea that you can create something from nothing. With this is mind, it's wonderful to see it being displayed at the Fashion Museum in Bath, included in a collection of such cultural significance.

– Gareth Pugh
Gareth Pugh was awarded the prestigious prize Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

I'm delighted to have been asked to select the Dress of the Year and to me Gareth's plastic dress sums up 2014. I like the idea of how fancy and complex the dress is in structure, yet made of something so disposable. I had a super time photographing this with David Sims for Love 12; it was so easy as it gives a couture silhouette yet is 'punk', it's Edwardian, forties, seventies and two thousands all at the same time. It is familiar in its historical references yet utterly new in its execution.

– Katie Grand

The Dress of the Year is now on display at the Fashion Museum and will remain on display throughout 2015.

The Fashion Museum is open from 10.30am to 5pm.