Sarah Burton is out at Alexander McQueen, following a 13-year stint as creative director. The British designer has helmed the Kering-owned luxury fashion brand since 2010, following the sudden and tragic passing of Lee Alexander McQueen.
Upon graduating Central Saint Martins in 1997, Burton has remained at McQueen ever since and is perhaps best known for designing the wedding dress of Catherine Middleton upon her historic wedding to Prince William in 2011. In 2012, Burton received an OBE for her services to the British fashion industry, and continued to propel the label to new heights.
Burton’s final collection for Alexander McQueen will be presented during Paris Fashion Week this month.
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Members of our forums were quick to react to the news. “I was certainly not expecting this,” voiced helmutnotdead.
“So saddened by this, my favorite brand and I think Sarah Burton really found her stride with McQueen, I loved the focus on tailoring and the quality was still incredible,” added Blayne266.
“She did an excellent job in keeping the house relevant and profitable. She’s been at the house for over 26 years. That’s an amazing feat for any designer,” GivenchyHomme applauded.
TaylorBinque agreed, commenting: “Burton did an excellent job at McQueen. Lee was a visionary and unique talent. He could not be replaced. She did extremely well in terms of what she has. She dressed royalty, made stunning red carpet moments, created hit accessories and her clothes are very well made.”
“This is tragic. I hated her recent work but she’s been at the house for over twenty years, and I can’t think of anyone who knows the brand as well as she does. It’s very sad,” sighed gallianostan.
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