by Brian Lipton

Humberto Leon, Carol Lim Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony, the 14-year-old fashion company created Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, has earned the 2016 National Design Award for Fashion Design.

The awards, which were conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design, will be presented at the Cooper-Hewitt on October 20. The ceremony coincides with National Design Week (October 15-23), a major educational initiative.

Since its beginnings, the company has grown to encompass the Opening Ceremony ready-to-wear, accessories, and footwear collections for men and women; retail outlets in New York, Los Angeles, Nagoya, and Tokyo; a wholesale showroom in New York; and a comprehensive online platform at Opening Ceremony has also become known for its innovative fashion shows, nightlife events, and collaborations, including with Chloë Sevigny, Intel, New York City Ballet, Pendleton, Spike Jonze and Yoko Ono. In 2012, Leon and Lim were appointed creative directors of the French fashion house Kenzo.

Other award winners include architect Moshe Safdie (Lifetime Achievement), Brad Pitt’s nonprofit Make It Right (Director’s Award), Bruce Mau (Design Mind), The Center for Urban Pedagogy (Corporate and Institutional Achievement), Marlon Blackwell Architects (Architectural Design), Tellart (Interaction Design), Geoff McFettridge (Communication Design), Studio +A (Interior Design), Hargreaves Associates (Landscape Architecture) and Ammunition (Product Design).