Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, Sarah Burton is an English fashion designer, and currently creative director of Alexander McQueen.
Whilst studying Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins, Burton spent her third year as an intern at Alexander McQueen when the company was based in a tiny studio in Hoxton Square at the suggestion of her tutor Simon Ungless, a friend of McQueen's. After graduating in 1997, Burton joined the house full time as McQueen's personal assistant, becoming Head of Womenswear in 2000 during which time she created dresses for the likes of Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga. After McQueen's death in February 2010, Burton was appointed the new creative director of Alexander McQueen in May 2010, and in September 2010, during Paris fashion week, presented her first McQueen womenswear collection she had wholly created.
In 2011, Burton won the Designer of the Year award at British Fashion Awards.
In July 2012, Burton received an honorary degree from Manchester Metropolitan University where she had completed her Art Foundation, becoming an honorary Doctor of Arts.
In the 2012 Birthday Honours, Burton was appointed an OBE for services to the British fashion industry.