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by on April 25, 2012

Well, you can’t win ‘em all. Sarah Burton‘s wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge and Alexander McQueen‘s Savage Beauty exhibit had to take a backseat at the 2012 Design of the Year Awards as The Olympic Torch burned down the competition to take home the top prize.

Olympic Torch Beats Out Royal Wedding Dress, Savage Beauty for Design of the Year

The Olympic Torch, designed by the team of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, is made of aluminum with 8,000 perforated holes representing each of its carriers as it makes its way to London for the July 27 opening ceremony.

“Nothing is harder to get right* than designing for the Olympics,” said Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic. “The lightness and simplicity of Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch does just that.”

There were a total of 89 nominees in seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport.

The winner of the Fashion category was Issey Miyake‘s origami-inspired 132 5 Eco-Fashion collection, beating out these top contenders:

McQueen Met exhibit
Mary Katrantzou‘s fall 2011 collection
the Royal wedding dress
Gareth Pugh‘s spring 2012 collection film
the Late Night Chameleon Café store
Céline‘s fall 2011 collection
Melissa + Gaetano Pesce Boot and Flip Flop
Vivienne Westwood‘s Ethical Fashion Africa collection
the Oratory Jacket by Brompton Bicylce Ltd
Suno‘s spring 2011 collection

That Issey Miyake collection is pretty badass — you should really check out that video link, or if you have ADD like I do, this much shorter one — so I can understand how Kate’s gown and even Savage Beauty could pale in comparison. I don’t accept it, but I understand it.

For a full list of the winners click here.

*Tell that to Sarah. At least Barber and Osgerby didn’t have to lie to Anna Wintour‘s face.


Contributed by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail