Byline: James Fallon

LONDON — Alexander McQueen and John Galliano tied for the British Designer of the Year Award here in a vote among retailers and fashion press.
It is the first time in the 13-year history of the award that there has been a tie, and neither designer was said to be happy about it. There had been rumors for the last month that the award would be shared between the two designers.
McQueen, who won it last year, was said to be ready to turn it down. Galliano, who has won it three times before, was said to be equally miffed.
In the end, Galliano didn’t attend the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall Wednesday night and his share of the award was accepted by Naomi Campbell. McQueen did show up, wearing jeans and a jeans jacket. As usual, he didn’t hide his feelings.
“I guess I’m known for shooting my mouth off, so here goes. I think the British Designer of the Year Award should stay in Britain,” he said, in an obvious dig at the fact that he shows in London (although he also shows in Paris with Givenchy) while Galliano shows both his own line and Christian Dior only in Paris.
The award is given by the British Fashion Council to the British designer who has “directed the shape of British fashion in the year 1996-97.” The other nominees were Antonio Berardi, Clements Ribeiro, Hussein Chalayan and Vivienne Westwood.

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