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2009 July 20

An American Invasion

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(NEW YORK) When Kate and Laura Mulleavy took home the 2008 Swiss Textiles Award for their line, Rodarte, it was an unprecedented accomplishment--they were the first Americans to win. This year, odds that an American designer will take the prize again are up significantly, as three out of the six finalists consist of American brands. Alexander Wang, Thakoon Panichgul, and Ohne Titel share the honor with Erdem, Alexis Mabille, and Peter Pilotto. On November 12, the tenth Swiss Textiles Award will be given to one young designer, who will take home €100,000.

After its launch in 2000, the award has been given to the likes of Raf Simons, who was then appointed head designer at Jil Sander; Bruno Pieters, who then took a job at Hugo Boss; and Marios Schwab, who was recently named Halston’s new designer. No one would argue that Rodarte will enjoy a similarly bright future. The judging committee includes Suzy Menkes, Kate Betts, and 13 other editors and top retailers from Zurich, Paris, Moscow, New York, London, Tokyo, Berlin, Munich, Seoul, Milan, and Kuwait City. Isabel Toledo and Kate and Laura Mulleavy will be this year’s special guests at the ceremony, held at the Schiffbau in Zurich.

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