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Sarah Burton OBE took over the creative reins of the famous British label in May 2010, following Alexander McQueen's death in February of that year. Sarah attended Manchester Polytechnic to complete a foundation course, before moving to London to study Print Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She first joined McQueen in 1996 as an intern before returning after her graduation in 1997 and being head of womenswear in 2000. Working alongside the late Lee McQueen for 14 years, Sarah’s designs are true to the core McQueen aesthetic; girlish vibes meets BDSM, think fragile lace under black leather and complex digital prints next to soft fox fur, and her takeover has been critically acclaimed. In September 2010, she presented her first womenswear collection in Paris that paid homage to McQueen's dramatic aesthetic but added her own, more feminine, take. Since her appointment, Sarah has produced acclaimed collections with a focus on handcraft and has established herself as an accomplished designer with artisan and technical excellence. In April 2011, Sarah received global recognition as the designer of the wedding dress for HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton to HRH Prince William Sarah was named the 100 most influential people in Time Magazine on April 2012 and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to the British fashion industry.


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