Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, bagged the coveted award at the Harpers Bazaar Women of the Year Awards.
The award comes shortly after Kate was named “Britain’s style queen” by the magazine’s best dressed list.
After several months of speculation, the designer was revealed as the designer of choice for Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Burton said; “It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created. I am delighted that the dress represents the best of British craftsmanship. Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day.”
The 27-year-old told Vogue; “It was great to actually keep a secret, especially in this day and age when everyone talks about everything.”
Burton became creative director in May 2010 following the death of Alexander McQueen and joined the fashion house in 1996 as an intern and subsequently returned after graduating from Central Saint Martin’s. She has recently presented her spring/summer’12 collection in Paris.
Other winners included Jessie J who received the award for Breakthrough of the Year and Tom Ford who received the award for a Man in a Woman’s World.
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