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"Boy wonder" designer Wang wins textile award

Some looks by Alexander Wang, who's originally from San Francisco

A San Francisco-born fashion designer favoured by partygoers like Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan has won the top prize at the Swiss Textile Awards.

Alexander Wang, a cutting-edge designer educated at New York's prestigious Parsons design school, picked up the Stella Contemporary Fashion Award in Zurich on Thursday.

The prize is worth €100,000 (SFr151,000), although the winner doesn't get any cash. Ten per cent of the award goes to purchasing Swiss fabric and the balance is put towards production and marketing.

The Swiss Textile Awards celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2009.

Wang has won the 2008 Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, a $1,000,000 prize. In 2009, he won Womens Wear Designer of the Year.

Wang, a Chinese-American, is working on his first menswear collection.

Swiss Textile Award, past winners:

2008: Rodarte, US
2007: Marios Schwab, Britain
2006: Bruno Pieters, Belgium
2005: Christian Wijnants, Belgium
2004: Haider Ackermann, Belgium
2003: Raf Simons, Belgium
2002: Benoît Missolin, France
2001: Tran Hin Phu, Switzerland
2000: Daniel Herman, Switzerland

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