Alexander McQueen

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN WAS BORN IN LONDON ON MARCH 17TH 1969, THE YOUNGEST OF SIX CHILDREN. HE LEFT SCHOOL AT THE AGE OF 16 AND WAS OFFERED AN APPRENTICESHIP AT THE TRADITIONAL SAVILE ROW TAILORS ANDERSON AND SHEPHARD AND THEN AT NEIGHBOURING GIEVES AND HAWKES, BOTH MASTERS IN THE TECHNICAL CONSTRUCTION OF CLOTHING.

In less than 10 years McQueen became one of the most respected fashion designers in the world. In October 1996 he was appointed Chief Designer at the French Haute Couture House Givenchy where he worked until March of 2001.

SARAH BURTON GREW UP AND WAS EDUCATED IN MANCHESTER BEFORE MOVING TO LONDON TO STUDY FASHION AT CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS COLLEGE OF ARTS AND DESIGN. ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF A TUTOR, BURTON COMPLETED A PLACEMENT YEAR WITH ALEXANDER MCQUEEN IN 1996, REJOINING THE COMPANY FOLLOWING HER GRADUATION A YEAR LATER.
In 2000, Burton was made Head of Design for womenswear at Alexander McQueen, and in May 2010, promoted to Creative Director of the entire Alexander McQueen brand, having worked alongside McQueen for more than 14 years. In April 2011, she received global recognition as the designer of the wedding dress for HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, on the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince William.

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