Sarah Burton grew up and was educated in Manchester before moving to London to study fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. On the recommendation of a tutor, Burton completed a placement year with Alexander McQueen in 1996, rejoining the company following her graduation a year later.

In 2000, Burton was made Head of Design for womenswear at Alexander McQueen, and in May 2010, promoted to Creative Director of the entire Alexander McQueen brand, having worked alongside McQueen for more than 14 years. In April 2011, she received global recognition as the designer of the wedding dress for HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, on the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince William.

Since her appointment as the brand’s Creative Director, Burton has produced critically acclaimed collections with a focus on handcraft, establishing herself as a highly accomplished designer with artisanal and technical expertise.

Burton was recipient of the Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards in November 2011. In February 2012, after an 11-year absence from the capital, she presented the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection of McQ, the contemporary brand of the house, at London Fashion Week.

Burton was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in April 2012 and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to the British fashion industry on 16 June 2012.

Today, Burton supervises the creative direction and development of all the brand’s collections: women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories, as well as McQ, which is also made up of women’s, men’s and accessories’ collections.



Quintessentially Excellence Award

The Walpole Award for British Luxury Design Talent

Designer of the Year, Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year awards (UK)

Designer of the Year, Glamour magazine (UK)

Designer of the Year Award, British Fashion Awards


International Designer of the Year Award, Elle UK

Burton included in Time 100: The Most Influential People in the World

Burton receives an OBE for her services to the British fashion industry


McQ named Contemporary Brand of the Year at the Elle Style Awards (UK)