As creative director at Alexander McQueen for almost 10 years, designer Sarah Burton has had plenty of career milestones.
Taking helm of the brand in 2010 following McQueen’s death, Burton has infused her own feminine and artistic vision with McQueen’s edgy style, continuing the late designer’s legacy in a way that’s been respected by much of the industry.
Burton has earned no shortage of accolades during her time in the fashion industry. In June, she will be the recipient of the Council of Fashion Designer of America International Award, created by Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti.
From her many honors to designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress in 2011, here is a look at everything you need to know about Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton.
How did she get her start in fashion design?
Burton studied print fashion at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in the late Nineties. One of her instructors, Simon Ungless, introduced her to McQueen in 1996, who offered her an internship at his design house. After graduating, Burton became McQueen’s personal assistant and was subsequently promoted in 2000 to head of women’s wear.
How did she transition into creative director?
Following McQueen’s suicide in 2010, Burton was named creative
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