The international "Premiere Vision" trade fair in Paris, which attracted 1200 exhibitors, saw the presentation of the four first ever "PV Awards" for outstanding textiles.
A Jakob Schlaepfer design was one of those selected: a three-dimensional creation of foam tipped with gold leather and applied to transparent tulle.
A distinguished jury, consisting of representatives of Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton and the international trade press, awarded it the prestigious "Imagination Prize" for 2009.
This is given for the most daring and most surprising fabric in terms of material, technique and finishing.
Along with the three other award winners, Jakob Schlaepfer's creative director, Martin Leuthold, was presented by jury president Veronique Nichanian, artistic director at Hermes, with a trophy made by Miguel Chevalier.