Alexander McQueen: Sarah Burton steps down as creative director

Alexander McQueen: Sarah Burton steps down as creative director

It’s official, the Kering group has announced his departure: Sarah Burton leaves the creative direction of the Alexander McQueen fashion house after thirteen years to his guide. A completely unexpected news, which resonates even more strongly in view of the upcoming Paris Fashion Week, during which the latest collection designed by her will be on the catwalk.

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The appointment in the French capital will see the swan song this September 30thwith the parade of Spring-Summer 2024 collection, the conclusion of a creative journey that began even more than thirteen years ago, when Sarah Burton took over the artistic reins of the brand after the sad and sudden death of founder Alexander McQueen. «We would like to express our immense gratitude to Sarah for having written such an important chapter in the history of the fashion house – said Gianfilippo Testa, CEO of Alexander McQueen. – Sarah’s contribution over the last twenty-six years will leave an indelible mark.”

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Twenty-six years of career and not hearing them: you could say that Sarah Burton has spent just over a quarter of a century within the fashion houseshaping a distinctive and recognizable aesthetic, always respectful of the past and the legacy of its predecessor.

In 2011, after less than a year at the helm of the fashion house, Sarah Burton was Kate Middleton’s choice for the dress for the royal wedding with Prince William: a custom-made creation that has gone down in history as one of the most famous wedding dresses ever. As Buckingham Palace announced, the current Princess of Wales chose the English brand “for the beauty of her savoir-faire, for the respect for traditional artisan tailoring and the technical construction of the clothes”.

Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

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Not just royal – too Meghan Markle has often worn his creations – but also celebrities: there are many looks by Alexander McQueen that stars have worn on red carpets all over the world, starting with Michelle Obama And Lady Gaga up to Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Dakota Johnson, Jessica Chastain, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone and many others.

Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen in 2011.

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«I am very proud of everything I have achieved and of my incredible team at Alexander McQueen. They are my family and this has been my home for the past twenty-six years. I want to thank Francois-Henri Pinault (President and CEO of Kering, ed) for believing in me and offering me this extraordinary opportunity. Most of all, I want to thank Lee Alexander McQueen. He taught me so much, I will be eternally grateful to him. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store and what my next chapter will be.”

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Also greeting and thanking Sarah Burton for her work was François-Henri Pinault: «I am immensely grateful to Sarah and would like to thank her personally for her work over the last twenty years, first alongside Lee Alexander McQueen, in which her role was instrumental in its success, and then as creative director since 2010 – declared the President and CEO of Kering. -Through her experience, sensitivity and talent, Sarah has continued the evolution of the artistic expression of this iconic maison. She has preserved and carried on Lee’s legacy, attention to detail and unique vision, while adding her own highly creative and personal touch.” While waiting to see her latest collection, the bets are open: who will be her successor?

Source: Vanity Fair