British fashion label Cunnington and Sanderson has received On |Off's Visionary Award for 2011. The award, which was created to promote and showcase new designer talent and support their businesses, has been running, in association with British automobile manufacturer Land Rover, for five years now.
The designer brand was selected from a host of shortlisted designers which included names like Naco Paris, Thomas Wakeford and Raphaelle H'Limi.
We are very happy to have been selected for the On|Off Land Rover Visionary Award. We are delighted to have this amazing opportunity to showcase our Amygdala Collection during Paris fashion week, stated Cunnington and Sanderson.
The panel for the exclusive event comprised Lee Lapthorne, the owner and founder of On|Off; Tuuli, a Creative Director; Katie Grand, the Editor-in-Chief of Love magazine; Claire Ginzler, On|Off's Fashion Director; Brigitte Stepputtis, Head of Vivienne Westwood's Couture Operations; Roksanda Ilincic, a fashion designer; Jane Shepherdson, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Whistles; Sarah Bailey, Deputy Editor at Harper's Bazaar; Richard Agnew, Land Rover Global PR Manager; Laura Schwab, Land Rover UK Marketing Director; and Joanne Slater, Land Rover Design Manager.
Past winners of the award include a number of leading UK-based fashion names, like Charlie Le Mindu, Louise Amstrup, Hannah Marshall, Sinha Stanic and Peter Pilotto. The newly-announced winners of the award will receive financial support towards their costs and use of catwalk space at On|Off's venue in Paris - Espace Commines - and a one-on-one mentoring session with all of the committee's members.
Cunnington and Sanderson are a duo who clearly shows devotion to their collection. Their passion, creativity and dedication are apparent in every piece. What stands out also is their impressive technical ability, experimental draping and fabric manipulation. On|Off is happy to play a part in the future of their success, said Claire Ginzler. Apart from this, Cunnington and Sanderson will also receive a £5,000 cash injection for promoting their business.