Sarah Burton — Alexander McQueen’s long-standing creative director and former right-hand of the late founder Lee McQueen — is parting ways with the fashion label after more than two decades, the Kering-owned house said in a statement.
The brand’s September show during Paris Fashion Week will be her final collection, the house said. A “new creative organization” for the brand is set to be announced “in due course.”
Burton first worked at Alexander McQueen as an intern during her studies at Central Saint Martins, returning as a full time designer after graduating. In 2000, after just two years at the brand, she was named head of womenswear design. Following McQueen’s death in 2010, Burton was named his successor, tasked with continuing the late designer’s legacy.
In 2011, she made headlines after designing Catherine, Princess of Wales’ wedding dress. The following year, she was awarded an OBE for her services to British fashion.
“We would like to express our immense gratitude to Sarah for writing such an important chapter in the history of the Alexander McQueen House. Sarah’s contribution over the past 26 years will leave an indelible mark,” said CEO Gianfilippo Testa.
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