By Tiffany Frye
Thom Browne is this year’s recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for fashion. The award is sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, a part of the Smithsonian Institution.
Browne opened his bespoke tailoring shop in 2001. Before that, he developed his skills in Georgio Armani’s and Ralph Lauren’s showrooms, where he was allowed to experiment with the styles for which he is now famous. His ideas didn’t catch hold right away, but by 2004, when Browne introduced his ready-to-wear line, the fashion world was taking notice.
In 2006, the accolades began to roll in. Browne was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America Menswear Designer of the Year, and in 2008, he was named the GQ Designer of the Year. Browne has been nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt Award three times before.
In recent years, Browne has branched out to designing womenswear, men’s jewelry and even a set of crystal stemware for Baccarat. One of Browne’s most exciting collaborations is with Montcler, a French designer of fashionable sportswear.
Each year, Browne chooses a different sport to use as inspiration for his line – this year’s being Formula 1 racing. Even when designing sportswear, Browne’s signature retro menswear aesthetic shows through with perfectly tailored blazers and tartan puffa-style jackets.
Browne and the rest of the Design Award winners will receive their awards at the National Design Award Gala in Manhattan on October 17th.