Even those that didn’t bound out of bed at 4 in the morning to wait with bated breath for a glimpse of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, know of Sarah Burton by now. She has become a household name after being chosen to design the famous wedding dress worn by Kate Middleton during her marriage to Prince William.
Sarah Burton is the creative director of the legendary Alexander McQueen fashion brand. Born in Cheshire, she studied Print Fashion at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Burton’s talent was obvious from the start. Her tutor, and friend of McQueen’s, approached her with an internship opportunity during her third year of studies. She soon became an intern at McQueen’s studio.
After graduation from St. Martins she became Alexander McQueens personal assistant. From there she moved on to become Head of Woman’s Wear in 2000 and McQueen’s right hand woman. After his death in February of 2010, Sarah Burton was named the brand’s new creative director last May.
Upon acceptance of the creative director position, she said:
“The creation of modern, beautifully-crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s (Alexander McQueen) vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy“.
Sarah Burton travelled to Paris to work on the Women’s Wear collection for Spring/Summer 2011. In September of 2010 she presented the first collection since the death of McQueen.
There was much speculation as to whether the designer could pull it off. An immense amount of pressure was put on Burton, but she pulled it off with elegance. Her first collection as creative director was a success and she received a lot of praise from the press.
— Dress designed by Sarah Burton for the Spring/Summer 2011 Alexander McQueen fashion show.
Sarah Burton took on a challenging role with confidence. She had admitted to Vogue that she was intimidated about the role but she barely showed it. Burton rose to the challenge, managing to keep the McQueen elements in the collections but also staying true to herself.
“That’s what Lee drummed in to me: you have to be able to stand behind your work.” – Sarah Burton
xo La Femme
Written by: Melissa Lawson