The most transcendent and cutting-edge fashion – whether off the rack or custom-designed for an Oscar winner – has the ability to shine a spotlight on important societal issues and show us how things should be.
This year we see fashion finally recognising and designing for the differently abled, while also loosening the grip on the industry of exclusionary Western stereotypes of beauty. As well as showcasing the beauty and spectacle of costume from film to opera, and the extraordinary skill that goes into its creation, in this year’s section we discover many designers whose work has emotional and political impact too
A Korean-influenced sportswear collection
A jewellery range with a sense of humour
A swimwear line for all body shapes
Costume design for an opera using puppetry
A low-budget design for an Oscar-winning film
A fashion designer using highly engineered wool
A pair of vegan flip flops
A modelling agency for everyday beauty
A celebration of a west African textile
A collection proving that fashion is not ephemeral
A streetwear collection addressing race in the USA
Modified apparel for adults and children with disabilities
A meme-worthy couture collection
Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by design experts from around the world.