Sarah Burton, the acclaimed Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, made a momentous announcement on September 11, 2023, marking the end of an era. After an impressive 26-year journey with the fashion House, Burton will be stepping down from her role, with the Spring-Summer ’24 fashion show in Paris in September serving as the poignant conclusion of her highly successful tenure.
Sarah Burton’s association with Alexander McQueen began in May 2010 when she assumed the role of Creative Director, capping off more than 14 years of dedicated work alongside the iconic Lee Alexander McQueen himself. From that moment forward, her creative genius and unwavering commitment to the brand would forever shape its future after the passing of Lee Alexander.
Over the course of her remarkable 13-year tenure as Creative Director, Sarah Burton propelled the British fashion House to unprecedented heights through her exceptional vision and boundless creativity. Her legacy is one of critically acclaimed collections, innovative designs, and a reputation as a widely celebrated and influential designer.
Gianfilippo Testa, the CEO of Alexander McQueen, expressed the brand’s profound gratitude for Sarah Burton’s enduring contributions through a Kering press release, saying, “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.”
Sarah Burton herself, reflecting on her remarkable journey, conveyed deep pride in her accomplishments and immense appreciation for her dedicated team at Alexander McQueen. She remarked, “I am so proud of everything I’ve done and of my incredible team at Alexander McQueen. They are my family, and this has been my home for the past 26 years. I want to thank Francois-Henri Pinault for believing in me and offering me this amazing opportunity. Above all, I want to thank Lee Alexander McQueen. He taught me so much, and I am eternally grateful to him. I am looking forward to the future and my next chapter and will always carry this treasured time with me.”
As the fashion world anticipates the next chapter in Sarah Burton’s journey, Alexander McQueen prepares to embark on a new creative era. The House is set to announce a fresh creative organization in due course, no doubt with the challenging task of carrying forward the rich legacy and innovative spirit that Burton and McQueen leaves behind. The fashion industry will undoubtedly watch with bated breath as the brand transitions into this exciting new phase, with Sarah Burton’s remarkable contributions serving as a shining beacon of inspiration for all.
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