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Sarah Burton on Alexander McQueen: ‘I Knew There Was No Way I Could Pretend to Be Him’

Alexander McQueen, spring 2011, by Sarah Burton.

Sarah Burton might not get as much attention in fashion magazines for taking over design at Alexander McQueen as Tom Ford is getting for launching a namesake line of womenswear, but with the spring fashion issues trickling out, her critically praised spring 2011 collection and the enormous undertaking of replacing McQueen haven't gone unnoticed. British Vogue profiles Burton in the February issue:


"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?"

Burton reminds that though she wasn't McQueen, she was his right-hand woman for years:


"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," she said. "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."

Sarah's Way [Vogue UK]

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