Alexander Wang bags this year’s Swiss Textiles Award proving that the young American designer will be around for a while.
The winner of last year’s prestigious CFDA award, American designer Alexander Wang, has something new to be proud of. The New York-based designer has been named the winner of the 2009 Swiss Textiles Award, walking away with a prize fund of a cool €100,000 to help boost his brand’s global reach.
Wang’s stiff competition included Erdem, Thakoon, Peter Pilotto, Alexis Mabille and Ohne Titel. Each of the finalists were judged based on their Spring/Summer 2010 collections in Zurich. The runners-up each received a textiles voucher worth €4,000.
Wang is best known for popularising the “off-duty” model look and grunge-inspired designs.
“This year has been an amazing year for us as a company and as a family. Taking it forward and growing as a business has helped us realise a lot of things. The monetary component [of this prize] is always a big help, no matter what size business you are. The most important thing is to keep improving what you do and keep on moving forward. Winning the Swiss Textiles Award feels like the cherry on the cake.” – Wang told WWD
Last year’s winners, Rodarte designers and sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy, were also present at the awards bash in the Swiss city, where they too presented their spring/summer 2010 collection.
The Swiss Textiles Award was established in 1999 in order to help young design talent to prosper internationally, with a prize fund of €100,000 going towards the winner’s next collection, show production and press relations.
Alexander Wang won the CFDA (Council Of Fashion Designers Of America) Award in December 2008 and is a hot favourite amongst the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Dree Hemingway and Kate Moss, as well as one-time muse Erin Wasson.