‘I really think that creating clothes and fashion has to be a statement about how we live and where we live and what’s happening in the world’.
Have you heard about Alexander McQueen? If you have not been hiding under a rock for a long time, probably you have. Have you ever thought that Alexander McQueen was a lone genius? Then you may be surprised that this is not totally true. In fact, Sarah Burton lived underneath his shadow for 14 years. Today she is is Creative Director for Alexander McQueen Trading Limited. Now let’s start from the beginning.
Sarah Burton was born Sarah Heard in Cheshire in 1974. Her early years elapsed between Withington Girl’s School, Manchester Polytechnic and Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London. During her third year in Central St Martins she was interviewed for a year’s placement at Alexander McQueen at the suggestion of her tutor Simon Ungless, a friend of McQueen’s. She joined the company for a year as an intern in 1996 and rejoined full time upon her graduation the year after.
Sarah Burton was appointed Head of Design – Women’s wear in 2000, designing dresses for personalities such as Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow. Following McQueen’s death in February 2010, and after company owner Gucci confirmed that the brand would continue, Burton was named the new Creative Director of Alexander McQueen Trading Limited in May 2010. She helped shepherd to completion Lee’s last collection for Fall 2010, which was in progress when Lee died, and pulled together the blockbuster retrospective ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute with curator Andrew Bolton, which became one of the most-visited exhibitions in the museum’s 142-year history.