While Sarah Burton played her final show for British house last Saturday, her successor has just been announced. A 35 year old Irishman who is unknown to the media but has an excellent CV!
After 26 years with the brand, we could barely dry our tears after Sarah Burton’s very moving fashion show last Saturday. There seemed to be a little more Alexander McQueen with him. Rumors about the name of his successor have been circulating in recent weeks. We were hoping for a woman because art director positions at Kering (as well as competitors elsewhere) are virtually non-existent. That won’t be the case… But we won’t hold that against Seán McGirr, who was appointed creative director at the age of 35.
Unknown to the general public, this Dublin-born Irishman graduated from Central Saint Martins in London and cut his teeth working on men’s collections with Christophe Lemaire at Uniqlo. In 2018, he became the designer of women’s collections at Dries Van Noten, and in 2020 he was appointed responsible for men’s and then women’s ready-to-wear at JW Anderson. So it’s a very nice journey with the most interesting designers of their time.
McQueen’s legacy is huge (we wonder if the Alexander name will be dropped, like all the other brands) and the enthusiasm of fans and women is huge too. Following the appointment of Sabato De Sarno to Gucci, the Kering group is shuffling its cards again. “ This house is dear to our hearts. Kering Chairman and CEO François-Henri Pinault said in the press release. And we’re sure Seán McGirr will continue the story with new creative momentum. We are looking forward to opening the new page of this unique brand..”
It is assumed that McGirr’s debut collection will be presented during February Fashion Week in Paris or in the brand’s hometown of London.