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Sarah Burton, the designer behind Kate’s royal wedding dress, to step down from Alexander McQueen

Burton was behind the ivory lace wedding gown worn by Kate Middleton when she married Prince William in 2011. The gown is often named as one of the most popular styles favored by brides all over the world.

Fashion designer Sarah Burton, who created the wedding dress Kate Middleton wore when she married Prince William in 2011, is stepping down as creative director at Alexander McQueen after two decades at the brand.


The news was announced by luxury group Kering, the group behind brands including Gucci and Saint Laurent as well as Alexander McQueen. Kering said McQueen’s spring and summer catwalk show in Paris this month will be the last with Burton at the helm.

Burton had led the fashion house since 2010 and previously worked with the brand’s founder, Lee Alexander McQueen, for 14 years. She took over as creative director of the fashion house after McQueen took his own life at age 40.

Burton was awarded with an Order of the British Empire in 2012 for her services to the fashion industry.

Senior leaders at Kering praised Burton for leaving an “indelible mark” with her vision and creativity.

“She kept and continued Lee’s heritage, attention to detail and unique vision, while adding her own personal, highly creative touch,” said François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, in a statement.

The fashion house did not give details about who will replace Burton.

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