SARAH BURTON, the late Alexander McQueen’s right-hand design aide, has been named creative director of the London-based fashion house. Burton – who grew up in Manchester and graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1997 – worked with McQueen for sixteen years. Having joined the brand in 1996, she has worked as head of womenswear design since 2000 and was credited with completing the designer’s autumn/winter 2010-11 collection in time for Paris Fashion Week in March, following his suicide less than a month earlier. The collection received rave reviews from retailers and the fashion press. “The creation of modern, beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy,” commented Burton on the announcement. – From Vogue UK
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