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Bath Fashion Museum announces new Dress of the Year
Gwyneth Paltrow dress at Bath's Fashion Museum

Gwyneth Paltrow's dress in Bath

Bath's Fashion Museum has announced its latest dress of the year, as it has done annually since opening in 1963.

Each year the museum asks a fashion expert to choose their top outfit or look of the year for the collection.

This year's design has been chosen by Lucy Yeomans, editor of the glossy fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.

She chose a dress designed by Antonio Berardi - each winning dress has subsequently been donated to the museum's collections.

The Dress of the Year event celebrates "cutting edge design", with previous winners including Mary Quant, Jean Muir, John Galliano and Versace.

Councillor Terry Gazzard said: "The selection of this beautiful dress as Dress of the Year 2009 shows just how highly regarded Bath and North East Somerset Council's Fashion Museum is by the British fashion industry.

"[It] contributes to the area's reputation as a centre for the creative industries.

"We are most grateful to Lucy Yeomans and to Antonio Berardi for their generous support of the museum.

"We hope that everyone in the region, both visitors and those of us who live here, will enjoy seeing this stunning dress at the Fashion Museum."

It is one of the absolute favourite dresses I have worn...
Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow wore Berardi's Dress Of The Year for the premiere of her film Two Lovers in Paris in November 2008.

The black and white trompe l'oeil corset dress features lace panelling, and was originally shown in Berardi's Spring/Summer 2009 collection.

Gwyneth Paltrow herself spoke about Antonio Berardi Dress of the Year 2009: "When I tried this dress on, I was amazed by the construction and the uniqueness of it.

"It was at once elegant and sexy and very, very much its own dress.

"It is one of the absolute favourite dresses I have worn and I feel so lucky that we had that evening together in Paris."

The Dress of the Year collection now numbers over 50 pieces, along with show-stopping accessories.

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