It's officially 2021's Dress of the Year.
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While it's certainly memorable, is the floral Armani dress that Meghan Markle wore for her sit-down with Oprah Winfrey meme-able? England's Fashion Museum Bath thinks so, which is why the dress is set to be the centerpiece of a new exhibit, A History of Fashion in 100 Objects, after taking the honor of Dress of the Year 2021. The museum enlisted Dazed's Ibrahim Kamara and Gareth Wrighton to choose this year's most-memorable dress and according to the duo, part of why Meghan's gown made the cut is because of its meme-ability.

"In today's hyper-stylized pop culture, the Dress of the Year now has the potential to also be 'meme of the year' and we both latched upon Meghan and Harry's now-iconic interview with Oprah as the definitive anti-establishment moment that will forever endure in the British collective consciousness," Kamara and Wrighton said in a press release.

The pair also noted that the perfect storm of Meghan's interview, the chaos surrounding the royal family at the time, Meghan's second pregnancy, and the fact that Harry and Oprah were there made for an unforgettable moment.

"Meghan's wrap dress by Armani, worn to showcase a divine pregnancy, framed the Duchess in black against the bountiful landscaping of Tyler Perry's Hollywood garden," the statement continued. "This look now, through sheer association with a viral television moment, is firmly ingrained in our pop culture psyche."

Meghan's actual dress won't be on display. Instead, the museum acquired the same design from Armani to be exhibited for the public to see.

"This is a fabulous addition to the Fashion Museum collection," the museum's manager, Rosemary Harden, said. "There are moments in history that are all about the dress and Meghan's interview with Oprah was just such an occasion. The softly structured Armani dress with beautiful appliquéd lotus flower motif was part of a carefully curated look, guaranteed to send messages, and to imprint itself in our consciousness time and time again. Thank you to Ibrahim and Gareth for this landmark selection for the Dress of the Year Collection, and to Armani for most generously gifting the dress to the Museum."