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Sarah Burton Wary of Taking on McQueen Role




Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News,

Sarah BurtonSarah Burton almost turned down the chance to take over from the late Alexander McQueen. The legendary fashion designer tragically committed suicide last February and Sarah was later named as the new creative director of the brand, but she admits it was a tough challenge to take on.

"I thought, 'How would I ever begin to begin?' Lee's mind was so different to anyone else's. I knew there was no way I could pretend to be him; but I had to ask myself, what did Lee work for? For all this just to close down?"

Sarah, who had been the right-hand aide of McQueen for the past 16 years, also vowed her collections will be true to herself but will pay tribute to the fashion legend and his creations.

"People ask: what's Sarah about? But I've worked here for so long, there's been a big part of me in those collections all along the way. I'm not going to wipe the slate clean. That would be wiping me away. There will always be those McQueen elements, but at the same time, you can never stay still and you have to stay true to yourself. That's what Lee drummed in to me: you have to be able to stand behind your work."

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