Wednesday, June 6, 2012

SARAH BURTON--SUCCESS STORY

What a job -- to be the voice, the eye, the taste of Alexander McQueen -- be a girl/woman/boss in YOUR thirties, that everyone in the world of fashion knows, probably envies, certainly admires.

The dress Sarah designed and supervised -- spent hours and hours over every inch of fabric, seaming, stitching, and fitting, molding it to Catherine Middleton's body -- that fabulous wedding dress which transformed the lovely Kate into a perfect princess, also transformed Sarah Burton into a major name in fashion.

Sarah Heard Burton (her husband is the well known fashion photographer, David Burton) was born in Cheshire, England, one of the five children of Anthony and Diana Heard. She attended a girls' school in Manchester, took art courses at Manchester Polytechnic, and pursued fashion at two other art and design colleges in London. In her third year, her tutor, a friend of Alexander McQueen, got her an interview and she became an intern for McQueen.

As "Lee" McQueen's full-time personal assistant, (she called him "Lee"), Burton officially became head of McQueen's "Womenswear" in 2000, and created dresses for various important McQueen clients, including Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow.

After McQueen's suicide in February, 2010, the company owner, Gucci, named her the creative director of "Alexander McQueen." In September of that year, Sarah B. presented her first collection at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week.

In November, 2011, she was chosen as on the Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.

Since McQueen's death, designer Sarah, always referred to as Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, has presented four runway collections, each one more daring and well-received than the last.

Is it Sarah's talent, or luck -- her being at the right place at the right time?

Yes.

In 2005, Kate Middleton with her boyfriend Prince William, attended the wedding of Tom Parker Bowles, son of Camilla, Prince Charles's second wife. Kate fell love with the bride's wedding dress, which Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, had designed.

More than likely, you, as well as millions of people all over the world have seen photos, or watched Kate's and William's wedding and were fascinated, and impressed, by the fantastically perfect look of Princess Kate in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress.

Fashion journalists, as well as Sarah B. herself, say the creation of that wedding dress was "An experience of a lifetime."

Where's this designer heading? What's next for her?

I saw photos of some of Burton's recent creations that got critics gushing, raving, about women "like pom poms," "underwater anemones" and "bauble decked Christmas trees."

Sarah said -- "Inspiration came from the rippling underbellies of mushrooms, and other woodland imagery. I wanted to be very positive. It is about a beautiful future." One it seems, that's just as bright as her own.

Will we see women bedecked like this? On red carpets, probably. we'll see celebrity beauties who are determined to be noticed.

Hey Sarah, you made it -- the fashion world's paying attention to you, we're paying attention to you! But those chiffon mushroom outfits...

I have to say, "YAY Sarah," but please, take us out of the woods, and give us something to stop traffic in broad daylight, something that allows us to mingle, kiss, and pee.
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