SLOWAND STEADY WINS THE RACE is honored to be the 2017 recipient of the National Design Awards in Fashion Design conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. This year also marks the fifteenth year anniversary of the inception of our studio. Over the years we have continued to refine our ten core values, investigating design through utility, integrity, simplicity, reliability, materiality, care, concept, curiosity, quality, and longevity. True design integrity is undeniable in its presence and purpose. It is what makes our foundation. Design has the power to be timely and timeless, unique and universal, ageless and cross-cultural. As a living archive and now best represented as a thesaurus of wearable design, Slow and Steady Wins the Race will continue to focus on the fundamentals of clothing and accessory design while making a commentary on the cultural anthropology of fashion, dress and function. Thank you for joining us on this journey.
About THE NATIONAL DESIGN AWARDS
The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.
About SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
New York–based designer Mary Ping founded Slow and Steady Wins the Race in 2002, following the launch of her eponymous collection in 2001. The work is a continuous investigation into the elements of what we wear, how we wear it, and why. Each collection contains a commentary on the cultural anthropology of modern fashion, focusing on the fundamental characteristics of design within a wardrobe. Ping was inducted into the CFDA in 2007, and is a winner of the Ecco Domani Award and UPS Future of Fashion. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Museum at FIT, the RISD Museum, Deste Foundation, and the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette.