victoria beckham awarded an obe by prince william

The Spice Girl-turned-designer has been honored for her contributions to the fashion industry.

by i-D Staff
19 April 2017, 3:20pm

In an act of solidarity with those hoping to make the notoriously difficult transition from pop music to high fashion, Buckingham Palace has recognized and awarded the inimitable VB's positive impact upon the industry. Accepting the award earlier today from heir to the throne and one time FaceTimer of Lady Gaga, Prince William, Victoria said "It was an absolute pleasure to be at Buckingham Palace today. I'm proud to be British, honored and humbled to receive my OBE from the Duke of Cambridge. If you dream big and work hard, you can accomplish great things."

Indeed, cracking the notoriously traditional and hierarchical British fashion industry is no mean feat. Her first collection in 2008 — introduced at New York Fashion Week spring/summer 09 — was an immediate commercial success. Since then, she's shaken off the Posh Spice moniker and the critics' skepticism in regards to her designing, and won legions of hard-nosed fashion fans along the way. In 2015, the then-fashion editor of the Independent, Alexander Fury, said Victoria had "elevated the celebrity line beyond a simple, simple-minded marketing exercise."

Speaking of her latest collection to i-D after her fall/winter 17 show at NYFW, Victoria said of her clothes, "It's always about empowering women." From girl power to the empowerment of women, we love you VB!

Read: "I think that people think I'm a miserable bitch. But that's people that don't know me." We look back to VB's debut i-D cover feature for The Secret Issue.


Photography Ellen von Unwerth
Fashion Director Edward Enninful

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