Sarah Burton McQueen Saks appearance.jpgWhile being in the midst of another Haute Couture season, I found this recent interview with Sarah Burton on whether or not we can expect a couture collection from Alexander McQueen to be really fascinating. The British designer spoke to Suzy Menkes for the New York Times about why she doesn't envisage a separate couture collection for the fashion house.

"We do so many collections, and I want each one to be special," she said. "There is always a lot done by hand, even for the pre-collection. I know this is not Paris couture, but in our humble way we are working towards it."

She may not see a couture collection in the near future, but from her Clerkenwell studio in London, Burton spoke to Menkes while working on five new orders from women in Miami and Shanghai who all want original, bespoke pieces.

She recalled how Lee Alexander McQueen, who trained in haute couture at Givenchy in Paris, worked in the same way for ready-to-wear. He was "constantly surrounded by hand workers, so there was not just one idea sent off for execution to an Italian factory."

"We have an amazing ability to develop any collection with our technicians, with students and with people working by hand," she said. "A lot is done in a three-dimensional way."

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