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The Olympic Torch wasn’t the only thing to take top honors at last night’s Designs of the Year Awards, given by London’s Design Museum. In the fashion category, Issey Mikaye’s studio and Reality Lab, the designer’s research and development team, won out over a varied group of nominees that included Celine’s Fall ’11 collection, the Met’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, Sarah Burton’s wedding dress for Kate Middleton, and the London concept boutique LN-CC, designed by Gary Card. Pieces and renderings from the award’s seven categories, which include digital design and architecture as well as fashion, are now on display as part of the Designs of the Year 2012 exhibition, running through July 4. As The New York Times reports, the Miyake inventions from his 132.5 line included in the exhibition “encompass different kinds of modernity: clothes that fold flat, opening with 3D dimensions and made from recycled polyester.”

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