Yasmin Le Bon, Manolo Blahnik, Giles Deacon, Daphne Guinness and Stephen Webster joined forces on the coveted Dorchester Collection Fashion Award judging panel to award an ecstatic 22-year-old Thomas Tait the prestigious prize!
Beating off stiff opposition from the likes of Louise Goldin and Mary Katrantzou, Thomas Tait attracted the judges with his fabulous design flair.
At an intimate gathering of VIP guests in the Dorchester's Orchid Room, Manolo Blahnik seemed very pleased with the judges’ decision as he told press; 'Thomas has got an incredible couture mind and will come up as one of the few couturiers.'
The Canadian born designer was the youngest student to attend Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where he gained his MA in womenswear at the young age of 20! The talented designer went on to wow fashion critics at London Fashion Week this year, as he staged his first solo show which featured a strong focus on structure and a unique design aesthetic that proved to be a fierce stance against his older contenders in the Dorchester prize.
'Thomas Tait is only 22-years-old but he has a highly original, confident point of view which, ultimately convinced the judges that he was worthy of the prize,” Bronwyn Cosgrave told press.
'His curvilinear minimalist, couture-quality approach to tailoring demonstrates a new direction for fashion, which is very exciting. A star is born,' she added.
We can't wait to see more from the designer - congratulations Thomas!
By Asha Joneja