Northern Irish designer JW Anderson's double win at British Fashion Awards
Published 24/11/2015 | 08:43
Northern Irish designer JW Anderson was named both the menswear and womenswear designer of 2015 at the British Fashion Awards on Monday night.
This is the first time that any designer has won both categories in the same year.
The Derry man beat off competition from Christipher Kane and Victoria Beckham for the womenswear prize and Tom Ford and Patrick Grant's E Tautz for the menswear award.
This is the second time the Anderson has been nominated for both awards. Last year he brought home the men's prize but missed out on the women's to design label Erdem.
The 31-year-old, whose father is former Irish rugby player, Willie Anderson, is regarded as pioneer in the fashion industry; experimenting with ideas which are seasons ahead of other design houses.
He often looks to Ireland for inspiration. In 2010 he used lace patterns which were replicas of an 18th-Century lace tapestry found in a bog in the west of Ireland that is now housed in the Ulster museum.
He was the first designer to use lace in men's shirts, three years before other design houses caught up.
His trailblazing ability has earned the designer acclaim across the fashion industry. He took up a job at prestigious Spanish label Loewe and received an investment from Parisian luxury conglomerate Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH).
In 2013 he was presented with the New Establishment Designer and Emerging Womenswear Designer.
However, Monday night's double recognition from the British Design Awards proves that the young designer is perched at the top of his game.
Other winners on the night included iconic designer Tom Ford, who was recognised with the Red Carper award, for creating global awareness of one's designs in the media. Lady Gaga collected the award on his behalf.
The Creative Campaign award went to Burberry for its editorial and advertising campaigns. Alessandro Michele for Gucci was presented with the International Designer award.
Photographer, Nick Knight, collected the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and Charlotte Olympia won the Accessory Designer award, while Stella McCartney was recognised as the best brand.
Erdem won the Establishment Designer award for its retail and ecommerce presences, while Mary Katrantzou won the New Establishment Designer award.
Jourdan Dunn won the award for Model of the Year. 'Game of Thrones' actress Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, was named the winner of the British Style Award.