Behnaz Sarafpour Wins the 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion Design


(Getty Images; ImaxTree) Behnaz Sarafpour and two looks from the designer's spring 2013 collection

Every year, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum honors outstanding achievement in design with its annual National Design Awards. This year's gala will take place later this fall, but the 2013 winners have already been announced, and, in fashion design, this year's winner is New York-based womenswear designer Behnaz Sarafpour.

"As the nation's design museum, Cooper-Hewitt raises awareness that everything around us is designed," said Cooper-Hewitt's acting director Caroline Baumann. "This year's National Design Award winners have made a major impact in their respective fields through groundbreaking and visionary ideas. They have truly transformed the way we live, think, work, and communicate with each other."

This is, of course, not the first time Sarafpour has been recognized in her field. The much-heralded designer won the Golden Thimble Award while still a student at Parsons School of Design, and then went on to work for Richard Tyler, Narciso Rodriguez, and Isaac Mizrahi before launching her eponymous collection in 2001. She's been nominated three times for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Women's Ready to Wear and, in 2004, she was a finalist for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund.

This year's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award winners in other categories are:

Lifetime Achievement: James Wines

Design Mind: Michael Sorkin

Corporate & Institutional Achievement: TED

Architecture Design: Studio Gang Architects

Communication Design: Paula Scher

Interaction Design: Local Projects

Interior Design: Aidlin Darling Design

Landscape Architecture: Margie Ruddick

Product Design: NewDealDesign
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