Kate Middleton’s favourite dress designer Sarah Burton has been honoured with an OBE. She appeared on the Queen’s birthday list today as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Mulberry’s Creative Director Emma Hill was given a CBE for her innovative must have hand bags and jewellery designer Lara Bohinc has been awarded a MBE for her stunning jewellery designs.
It was a creative honours list with power women award the lion’s share of the creative honours. Topping the list was the architect Zaha Hadid who was made a Dame for her contribution to architecture.
Hadid’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the most world’s most respected institutions. She received the prestigious ‘Praemium Imperiale’ from the Japan Art Association in 2009 and the Stirling Prize in both 2010 and 2011 from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Other recent awards include UNESCO naming Hadid as an ‘Artist for Peace’, the Republic of France honouring Hadid with the ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’, and TIME magazine included her in their 2010 list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’.
Sarah Burton is the creative director of the Alexander McQueen label, the dress designer responsible for Kate Middleton’s sumptuous Forties line, antique lace, corseted bodice with deep v-neckline wedding gown has been voted onto the most prestigious list in America, The Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People List. The dress was a design icon and has also been nominated for the prestigious international Design of the Year award which will be presented by Anya Hindmarch on 24 April at the Design Museum. The garment included lace on the dress detailing a rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock, to represent the whole of the United Kingdom, and was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.
The late McQueen’s 36-year-old protégée won the most coveted fashion commission of the decade. Reports earlier this year claimed that McQueen’s chief executive Jonathan Akeroyd had told a colleague that the label had secured the commission and this has turned out to be the case.
Burton is a 37 year old who was born in Manchester and began working for McQueen in 1996. She was in her final year at Central St. Martins which happens to be McQueen’s alma mater and a hotbed for top designers including the disgraced fashionista John Gallaino. She was appointed head of women’s wear design in 2000, and was working closely with the designer right up until his untimely death by suicide, in February last year. Burton presented the McQueen womenswear collection shortly after his suicide during Paris Fashion Week, gaining worldwide praise for infusing her mentor’s unique style with a newfound femininity.