Everyone has heard of the Tony Awards. But how about the Tommy Awards?
These annual awards honor creativity in the American printed fabrics industry. They are given to designers and manufacturers in 17 categories spanning women's, men's and children's clothing.On Nov. 27, the 1991 Tommy Awards were held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Five nominees in each category participated in a live runway show, which was combined with a slide show presentation.
This year's winners came from a variety of companies, manufacturers and designers. Two winners in some of these categories are:
- Children's sportswear, activewear and beachwear - Leon B. Rosenblatt Textiles Ltd.; Braetan for Kids by Claire Lehman.
- Children's dress and partywear - Symphony Fabrics Corp.; Expo by Maureen Travers.
- Women's blouses, separates and sportswear - Horizon Textiles; Tap Dance by Janine Luciano.
- Women's active, sun and skiwear - Technographics Printworld; FoxRun.
- Women's loungewear and sleepwear - DeMarco California Fabric and Newton Industries; Mystique Division by Nili Samuels.
- Women's dresses - Crantex Fabrics; Leslie Fay Collections.
- Over-the-counter apparel - Concord House; Simplicity by Joan Kessler.
- After five - Material Things; Scarlett Nite.
- Men's beachwear - S. Edward Inc.; Rose Marie Reid for Bill Blass.
- Men's sportswear and loungewear - BASF Fibers Division; Studio H by John Karl.
Additional awards were given to designers and manufacturers in the home furnishings market.
Honorary Tommy Awards were presented to designer Betsey Johnson and Bruce Roberts, director of The Textile Distributors. And two $2,000 scholarships were awarded students who exemplified expertise in textile technology and textile surface design. Stephanie Schultz and Madeline Gabrielle of the University of Delaware won the first scholarship. The second went to Arlene Wilson from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Best of Show award was captured by Horizon Textiles and Lynn Schechter for their technology and artistic achievement in women's blouses, separates and sportswear category.
The American Printed Fabrics Council is comprised of a creative group of printers, convertors, vertical mills, fiber producers, engravers and design studios.