Sarah Burton Wins 'Designer of the Year'

Sarah Burton accepts the “Designer of the Year” award at the 2011 British Fashion Awards.

This week’s British Fashion Awards (BFA) gave Sarah Burton—noted fashion designer for the House of McQueen–the coveted award of Designer of the Year.

Burton, a longtime employee of McQueen was ushered in as the new Creative Director in September of 2010, and has been wowing the public with her designs which includes her critically acclaimed collections, as well as Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress.

“This feels like the icing on the cake on a really amazing year,” the designer said during her acceptance speech at the awards.

Amazing is right – out of tragedy, Burton has managed to create beautiful works that maintain McQueen’s legacy of bold and elegant fashion.

The full list of BFA winners are listed below:

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen

DESIGNER BRAND – Victoria Beckham

RED CARPET AWARD – Stella McCartney

ACCESSORY DESIGNER – Charlotte Olympia

MODEL – Stella Tennant

BRITISH STYLE AWARD – Alexa Chung

MENSWEAR DESIGNER – Kim Jones

EMERGING TALENT AWARD – ACCESSORIES – Tabitha Simmons

EMERGING TALENT AWARD – MENSWEAR – Christopher Raeburn

ISABELLA BLOW AWARD FOR FASHION CREATOR – Sam Gainsbury

NEW ESTABLISHMENT AWARD – Christopher Kane

BFC OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FASHION – Paul Smith