Photograph by Karim Sadli. Styled by Joe McKenna.

Sarah Burton Exits Alexander McQueen After a Remarkable 26-Year Run

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, there are a few names that resonate with an almost mythical aura. Sarah Burton‘s legacy at Alexander McQueen undoubtedly belongs to that echelon. After more than two decades of groundbreaking creativity, she’s gracefully stepping down as the label’s creative director.


Her final flourish, the Spring/Summer 2024 collection, is poised to grace the Paris Fashion Week stage, marking the end of a remarkable journey. Burton expressed her sentiments on the matter, acknowledging the brand’s significance in her life: “I want to thank Francois-Henri Pinault for believing in me and offering me this amazing opportunity. Above all, I want to thank Lee Alexander McQueen. He taught me so much, and I am eternally grateful to him.”

Burton’s voyage with Alexander McQueen commenced in 1996, following her studies at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. From an internship to becoming McQueen’s personal assistant, she steadily climbed the creative ladder. By 2010, she took the reins as the brand’s creative director.


During her tenure, Burton masterfully intertwined a distinctive femininity with McQueen’s audacious style. Her talent and vision earned her the Designer of the Year Award at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 and the CFDA’s International Award in 2019.

Gianfilippo Testa, Alexander McQueen’s CEO, underscored the significance of her work: “Sarah’s contribution over the past 26 years will leave an indelible mark.” François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering, recognized her ability to honor McQueen’s legacy while infusing it with her creative brilliance.

As the fashion world eagerly awaits the brand’s next chapter, one thing is certain: Sarah Burton’s name will forever be woven into the fabric of Alexander McQueen’s storied history.