Sarah Burton is to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at The Fashion Awards 2019.
On Wednesday, executives at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced that the designer, who serves as creative director of Alexander McQueen, will be bestowed with the prestigious prize at the annual ceremony on 2 December at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
"Sarah's empowering and narrative approach to shows and her focus on community and appreciation of craft, technology, and British heritage is what has made her one of the most respected designers of our time," said Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive. "Her commitment to sharing her vision and expertise with the future generations of fashion designers has been remarkable. She's an incredible source of inspiration for many generations to come and we look forward to celebrating with her in London in December."
Burton took over as head designer at Alexander McQueen in May 2010 following the brand founder's death at the age of 40 in February that year. She also rose to global prominence in 2011 when she designed Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's dress for her wedding to Prince William.
For Burton's spring/summer 2020 show, the fashion star championed U.K.-wide craftsmanship, drawing upon the expertise of the fabric mills of the North of England, Mallon linen, and Irish beetling.
"Burton has demonstrated a considered and consistent vision for the house, overseeing all aspects including brand image and retail concept; expanding to innovative retail spaces; new global flagship stores; exhibition spaces and educational programmes," a BFC representative added.
Previously, Rush shared that Giorgio Armani will be bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the ceremony and Naomi Campbell will take home the Fashion Icon Award.
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