The Queen Is Honoring Sarah Burton With An OBE
By now it’s safe to say that Sarah Burton has firmly cemented her place in fashion history. In the two short years since the designer took the helm at Alexander McQueen, she has successfully produced one of the most recognizable gowns in the world (that would be Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress, of course), kept said gown a secret even from those who helped produce it, made TIME‘s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, more than withstood the scrutiny of a very judgmental industry, and, finally, made mirrored visor-goggles seem like a good idea.
For these valiant efforts the Queen is honoring her with an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire), a prestigious (and fancy!) title that pretty much means Burton has indeed Made It in her home country. With the award, the designer joins fashion luminaries like Anna Wintour, Glenda Bailey, and Julien Macdonald, all of whom are past honorees. This year, Burton joins recipients Kate Winslet and Mulberry‘s Emma Hill, who have both been awarded CBEs (Commanders of the British Empire). Congratulations all around!