PARIS, Nov 16, 2009 / FW/ — Alexander Wang continues his winning ways when he nabbed the 100,000 euros (approximately US$148,000 with the current exchange rate) grand prize of the Swiss Textile Award while besting Alexis Mabille, Erdem, Ohne Titel, Peter Pilotto and Thakoon at the same time.
Already receiving top honors from CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund in 2008 with a $200,000 purse, Wang was also named the CDFA Swarovski Award for Womenswear earlier this year.
Last September, during New York Fashion Week, his Spring 2010 collection received rave reviews from the critics. With a very sportive inspiration, the New York-based designer proposed a hooded gray travelling cloak with an asymmetrical hemline, summer shorts in jacquard with 3-D pockets and eveningwear consisting of a pair of “workout” leggings and midrib-baring top in chiffon and faux fur.
Wang follows the footsteps of sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy designing under the label Rodarte took home the awards last year, and then was named the 2009 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the year 8 months later.
One of the most coveted and highly respected fashion competitions, the Swiss Textile Award winners had gone on to make names for themselves in the fashion world. Past winners include Raf Simons, Marios Schwab, Haider Ackermann, and Bruno Pieters.
Of the 100,000 euro prize money, 10,000 euros (or 10%) is a voucher for the purchase of Swiss textiles, with the remainder used to produce upcoming collections.