Leading fashion designer and Westminster alumnus, Christopher Bailey, was last week named British Designer of the Year for the second time at the British Fashion Awards in London.

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And Bailey, who is chief creative officer for British fashion label Burberry, had extra reason to celebrate when his label picking up the Designer Brand award, sealing the company’s status as industry favourite.

“This award also recognises the incredible team that I work with and it is a privilege to be a part of Burberry, a great British brand,” said Bailey, who graduated from Westminster’s BA Fashion Design degree in 1992, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University in 2006.

It was a month of recognition for Bailey, who was at Buckingham Palace last Monday to collect an MBE from the Queen. Bailey, 38, was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2009, in June this year, for his services to the fashion industry.

Andrew Groves, course director of the BA Fashion Design degree said, “It is truly exciting for us that, yet again, Christopher has been awarded this honour by his peers. His work at Burberry shows his ability to successfully mix genuine creativity with sound commercial awareness – something we try to ensure all our students develop here at Westminster.”

In his role as chief creative officer of Burberry, Bailey is responsible for the design of all Burberry collections and products, as well as all advertising, corporate art direction, architectural design, multimedia content and overall brand image.

Another alumnus of the BA Fashion Design degree, Katie Hillier, was awarded British Accessory Designer of the Year at the ceremony last week.

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