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Sarah Burton wins ‘Designer of the Year’ at The British Fashion Awards

Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton has been named ‘Designer of the Year’ at The British Fashion Awards 2011.

World renowned for designing Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for the Royal Wedding earlier this year, Sarah’s outstanding creative direction at Alexander McQueen has ensured the McQueen legacy lived on, following the death of ‘Lee’ Alexander in 2010.

The ceremony, at The Savoy in London, also saw Victoria Beckham scoop Designer Brand of the Year, Stella McCartney snap up the Red Carpet Award and Sir Paul Smith pick up an award for Outstanding Achievement.

Sam Gainsbury, who produces Sarah Burton’s fashion shows at Alexander McQueen, was given the ‘Creator of The Year’ award – named after the late Isabella Blow.

The Model of The Year award went to Stella Tennant, whose campaigns this year have included Zara and Chanel.

Surprisingly, Mulberry was passed over for the ‘Accessory Designer of the Year’ award, which went to Charlotte Olympia – the collection designed by Charlotte Dellal.

The ‘New Establishment’ award – introduced this year by the British Fashion Council to “recognise a particular movement in British fashion that is taking the industry by storm” – was won by Christopher Kane.

Hosted by George Lamb and Lauren Laverne The British Fashion Awards, which celebrate excellence achieved in the industry this year, was attended by British Fashion Council Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson, Colin Firth, Olivia Palermo, Josephine de la Baume, Marc Jacobs, Lady Amanda Harlech and Alexa Chung…amongst others!

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