Burton has worked with McQueen for over 16 years — she joined the brand in 1996, one year before her graduation from Central St. Martins — and has been the Head of Womenswear Design since 2000. Burton was also responsible for finishing McQueen’s final 16-piece Fall/Winter 2010 collection, which was said to be around 80% complete at the time of his death.
After McQueen’s death, Gucci Group had said they planned on keeping the brand open, and Burton has been running the show in lieu of any formal announcement. Of Burton’s appointment, McQueen CEO Jonathan Akeroyd said:
“We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to take on the role of creative director. Having worked alongside Lee McQueen for more than 14 years, she has a deep understanding of his vision, which will allow the company to stay true to its core values.”
As for Burton, she has no plans to stray far from what people loved about McQueen. “The creation of modern, beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision. I intend to stay true to his legacy,” she commented on the announcement.
As for us, we’ll be honest — we don’t know much about Burton, but perhaps that’s because her vision is so seamlessly aligned with McQueens. One thing is for sure, Burton’s first solo McQueen collection will be the most anticipated show of the year.