In a surprising turn of events that has left the fashion world abuzz, Sarah Burton, the Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, has bid adieu to the iconic British label. With her departure, Burton leaves behind a decade-long legacy that balanced reverent homage and radical innovation, a career arc that has indelibly altered the topography of modern fashion.
Sarah Burton, at one time Alexander McQueen’s right hand, became his successor after his tragic death in 2010. She was given the enormous burden of carrying one of the world’s most impactful and important designer’s legacy and vision forward, and she did so with humble grace. While maintaining the savage beauty of his collections, she expressed her own language, bringing her interests and heritage into the brand.
Starting as an intern during her formative years at Central Saint Martins, Burton seamlessly transitioned to helm the house's womenswear division merely two years after joining in 1996. Her final bow as the Creative Director behind Alexander McQueen will occur at the upcoming Spring/Summer 2024 collection at Paris Fashion Week.
Gianfilippo Testa, Alexander McQueen’s CEO, stated, "Our hearts swell with gratitude for Sarah's instrumental role in shaping the illustrious history of Alexander McQueen. Her 26-year sojourn with us will be indelibly etched in the annals of fashion." Beyond her impact on McQueen, Burton also carved a lasting legacy with her design of the Kate Middleton's lace wedding gown, as well as a host of awe-inspiring Met Gala and red carpet ensembles.
This momentous departure coincides with Kering's ongoing restructuring, notably marked by the exit of Alessandro Michele from Gucci. Although Kering has not yet announced Burton's successor, one can only speculate about the innovative talent who will take up the reins. For now, we will be savoring every moment and detail of Burton's last show in Paris in the coming weeks.