Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen

According to Vogue, Sarah Burton grew up in the no-nonsense North of En­gland, one of five artistic children who was dressed, as she remembers, “in my brother’s hand-me-downs—hence the longing for beautiful clothes!”

That longing eventually took her to Central Saint Martins art school to study fashion print design. where a tutor introduced her to Alexander McQueen. She soon started working with the revolutionary creative talent, and collaborated with him as his right hand woman for 14 years until the brilliant McQueen took his own life in 2010. Sarah Burton, with her extended experience with the designer was his natural successor.

McQueen is doubtlessly a tough act to follow, but Burton managed to define her own identity under the brand soon after — preserving the late designer’s legacy in extraordinary craftsmanship and artistry, while coming to her own in making women feel empowered. And here is another creative director who became part of a historical moment in British History — she designed the wedding dress Kate Middleton’s marriage to Prince William, an iconic dress that stunned millions across the globe.