Christian Dior, Giles and Prada are among the brands shortlisted for the Design Museum's 2013 Designs of the Year award. The labels face fierce competition from the costumes of Anna Karenina — as worn by Keira Knightley and designed by Jacqueline Durran. The annual awards pay tribute to the "best designs from around the world" in seven different categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Product and Transport. The nominees are selected by a panel of industry experts — with a selection of the "most original and exciting designs" to go on display at the Design Museum from March 20 to July 7, 2013.
Other names to be recognised in the fashion category include Yayoi Kusama for her collaboration with Louis Vuitton, the spring/summer 2012 collections from Proenza Schouler, Craig Green and Comme des Garçons, and documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel. Newest addition to the London skyline, The Shard, is nominated in the architecture category; the popular Rain Room installation at the Barbican gets a nod; as does the much-celebrated Olympic Cauldron, designed by Heatherwick Studio. A winner for each category and one overall winner will be announced in April.
Last year's award went to design studio BarberOsgerby for the London 2012 Olympic Torch.