When Lee Alexander McQueen died in 2010 he left a weighty expectation on the shoulders of his second-in-command, Sarah Burton. She had worked at the design house since 1997, when she began as McQueen’s PA, before being made head of womenswear in 2000. When he died, she became creative director but has now revealed that the decision to take the job wasn’t as cut and dried as it may have seemed from the outside.
“Sometimes he’d call me at 3 o’clock in the morning just to talk, and we had this relationship where … I would do anything for him,” she tells T Magazine. “And then when he died I didn’t want the job, but then everybody was going to leave and I thought, ‘Well, what else are you going to do?'” Read more.