Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, is the winner of the Trailblazer Award at this year’s Fashion Awards.
Burton’s win honours her personal and visionary work through her narrative approach to McQueen’s spring/summer 2020 show. Her extraordinary work hasn’t gone unnoticed, and she has been praised for championing craftsmanship in the UK, highlighting skills that are important to the brand and the wider industry.
Over the past year, Burton has drawn on the expertise of fabric mills in the North of England, Mallon linen and Irish beetling.
Caroline Rush: BFC executive, said: “Sarah’s empowering and narrative approach to shows and her focus on community and appreciation of craft, technology and English heritage is what has made her one of the most respected designers of our time.”
She continued: “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.”
The Trailblazer Award was introduced at the Fashion Awards in 2018 and is one of the Special Recognition Awards, celebrating the very best innovators and creatives in fashion, whose work in the past year has been game-changing.