Sarah Burton.jpgToday Sarah Burton officially steps out of the shadow of her mentor, the late Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE. Creative Director of Alexander McQueen since Mr. McQueen tragic death in 2010, Burton's subsequent collections for the Alexander McQueen house have generally been praised by the fashion community. That is nothing compared to the praise she is receiving today for designing the wedding dress of Kate Middleton, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

Burton's creation is being described as at once vintage and modern, a timeless design earning comparison to Princess Grace Kelly's dress for her 1956 wedding to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Read more details on the dress here.

Burton began working in Mr. McQueen's studio as part of a work-study program in 1996 as a student at Central Saint Martins in London. She has said "We got on very well and he said, 'Why don't you just stay?' I went back to school for a year and I continued working there at the same time. He completely taught me everything."

Keep reading for more background on the talented designer.

She worked her way up to first assistant, a position she held until her promotion to creative director. One of her main responsibilities was translating Mr. McQueen's fanciful runway pieces into real life commercial pieces to be sold in stores.

Rumor has it that milliner Philip Treacy is the one who introduced Sarah Burton to Kate Middleton in the first place.

Today the palace stated: "Miss Middleton chose British brand Alexander McQueen for the beauty of its craftsmanship and its respect for traditional workmanship and the technical construction of clothing."

"It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress, and I have enjoyed every moment of it" Sarah Burton told Elle today after smoothing the bridal train at Westminster Abbey. "It was such an incredible honour to be asked, and I am so proud of what we and the Alexander McQueen team have created.

[Image: NY Daily News; Source: Elle]

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