Sarah Burton’s coming out of her shell a bit and has given a few really charming and revealing interviews recently. She has profiles in both the Telegraph and on Hong Kong luxury department store Lane Crawford‘s website. She speaks candidly about designing Kate Middleton’s wedding gown (and why she almost turned the job down) and how Alexander McQueen found inspiration in the most unlikely of places.
Here are the best bits from the two articles:
On keeping Kate Middleton’s wedding dress a secret:
Burton would schedule meetings knowing that she would have to miss them for dress-related matters. She often used the Met Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” exhibit (which was opening shortly after the royal wedding) as an excuse for blowing off meetings.
On almost not taking the head designer job at McQueen:
“I definitely considered not taking this job. I was at such a loss, [Lee McQueen] was such a huge part of my life, my every day. I could finish his sentences but I didn’t know that I could begin anything, and that terrified me.”
Her thoughts in Westminster Abbey on the royal wedding day:
“I remember standing in Westminster Abbey thinking, ‘This is unreal’. It was like a fairy tale. And all I could think was, ‘I hope I don’t trip over’.
On what inspired Alexander McQueen:
“I remember him saying to me, ‘I watched “Friends” last night, did you see the shirt that Joey was wearing?’ But then, he would get a Van Eyck book out, so it was this kind of mad mix. There’s no snobbery to it. He had this way of making you look at everything for inspiration so you didn’t just go, ‘Ok, we’re doing Seventies’.”
On having design ambitions:
“Everyone wants to be the designer, and it’s just as great to be the pattern cutter or a print designer or the embroiderer. It’s about a team of people.”
On the idols that used to hang on the walls of her room:
“My room used to always be plastered with Richard Avedon pictures and Versace.”
We hope to hear (and see) much, much more from the lovely Sarah Burton.