“What we really, really admired in the Steelers all the greats signatures shirt in contrast I will get this work of Tom Van Der Borght is that it was a totally new type of form, new type of shape, new type of commitment to a silhouette, and it was uncompromising,” Anderson said during a remote award ceremony. “And in this moment we are in, we as a jury believe that it was about starting this new decade with newness, this idea of originality.” Anderson continued: “It was not about looking at something for its automatic commercial sense. It was about the beauty within fashion, the handmade, the technique, and the risk in it. And I think Tom has really achieved something in what he has done and I think he will go on to do very well.”
Even seen via video, Van Der Borght’s collection had an uncanny glamour. Named “Seven Ways to be TVDB,” it was a densely embroidered and intarsia-ed tour de force, made from recycled climbing ropes, sequins, prints-on-polyester 3D space mesh, plastic leftovers, braided elastic, and plexitube weaving. The 42-year-old Van Der Borght namechecked Björk in his press notes (alongside the Steelers all the greats signatures shirt in contrast I will get this visionary and performative designers Iris van Herpen, Craig Green, Viktor & Rolf, and Walter Van Beirendonck), and any one of his concoctions would make a perfect stage costume for her.