After months of speculation following Alexander McQueen's February suicide, parent company Gucci Group has officially named a successor for the house. Sarah Burton, who joined the company in 1996, was named head of design for women’s wear in 2000, and served as McQueen’s first assistant until the time of his death.
“The creation of modern, beautifully crafted clothes was at the heart of Lee’s vision,” said Burton in a statement released today. “I intend to stay true to his legacy.” Burton was responsible for completing McQueenÊs nearly-finished collection for Fall 2010, which was presented via appointments in Paris in March.
“Having worked alongside Lee McQueen for more than 14 years, [Sarah] has a deep understanding of his vision, which will allow the company to stay true to its core values,” said Jonathan Akeroyd, president and CEO of Alexander McQueen. “As a business we remain absolutely committed to the Alexander McQueen company which has…shown to be a resilient brand in the aftermath of the tragic loss of its founder,” said president and chief executive of Gucci Group, Robert Polet. “Sarah has real talent, a close understanding of the brand and the vision necessary to take it forward.”