BRAINS OVER BEAUTY: Issey Miyake trumped Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton at the Design of the Year Awards at London’s Design Museum on Tuesday night. The Japanese designer’s 132.5 collection, which is inspired by origami folds and made from recyclable fabrics, beat the wedding dress that Burton designed for the Duchess of Cambridge and Mary Katrantzou’s complex, print-filled fall 2011 collection. Miyake’s collection was praised for its mathematical elegance and complexity: Each design was initially generated on a sheet of paper by the computer scientist Jun Mitani. The fabric was then cut, compressed, and folded flat, and later unfolded to become 3-D garments. The Design of the Year Awards recognize the best designs in seven categories, including fashion, architecture and graphics. Anya Hindmarch presented the top prize, Design of the Year, to the London 2012 Olympic Torch, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. It was an unusual — if unsurprising — choice as the torch has often been compared in the press to a cheese grater.

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