Kate Middleton’s wedding dress designer, Sarah Burton, leaves Alexander McQueen after 26 years

It’s the end of a royal fashion era.

Alexander McQueen’s creative director, Sarah Burton — who famously designed Kate Middleton’s royal wedding dress — is stepping down from the British label after her final Paris Fashion Week show later this month, the brand announced Monday.

Burton, 49, worked alongside Alexander McQueen for more than a decade before his February 2010 death and was appointed director of the label that spring, less than a year before she designed the royal’s iconic wedding gown.

Along with the long-sleeved lace dress the Princess of Wales wore for her April 2011 wedding to Prince William, Middleton has donned countless McQueen creations over the years, with the label becoming her go-to designer for formal occasions and less casual events alike.

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Sarah Burton is exiting Alexander McQueen after a celebrated career with the designer.
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The Princess of Wales wore this lavender Alexander McQueen gown both in 2011 and 2022.
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The Princess of Wales wore a white McQueen look for Trooping the Colour 2022.
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Whether it was the one-shouldered white BAFTAs gown she sported earlier this year, a green Christmas coat or the lilac dress that was so nice she wore it twice, the princess has delivered many a memorable moment in McQueen.

She’s also become a devotee of McQueen’s impeccably cut blazers, owning jackets in a variety of colors including black, red, pink and a white style she sported to Saturday’s Rugby World Cup.

Burton is the second royal dress designer to part ways with their fashion house in recent years; Meghan Markle’s wedding gown designer, Clare Waight Keller, left Givenchy in 2020 after just three years with the label.

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The royal’s Burton-designed wedding dress was instantly copied by brides worldwide.

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Middleton has been a huge fan of the designer’s chic trouser suits.
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She wore a one-shouldered McQueen gown to the 2023 BAFTAs.
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Burton shared her gratitude to the “incredible team at Alexander McQueen” in a statement, writing the fashion house has been her “home for the past 26 years.”

She also paid tribute to McQueen himself, saying, “He taught me so much and I am eternally grateful to him.

“I am looking forward to the future and my next chapter and will always carry this treasured time with me,” Burton concluded.

While it’s unknown where Burton is heading next, it would be no surprise if the princess followed this talented designer’s next move.

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