He has reigned supreme over the Burberry Empire for the past eight years and now Yorkshire lad done good, Christopher Bailey, has been recognised by the Queen in her 2009 Birthday Honours List as Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), announced over the weekend.
In his role as Creative Director, Bailey has taken the quintessentially British Burberry to new heights with stunning collections that stay true to the label's heritage. He's also overseen Burberry's redefinition to become one of the coolest fashion brands around with ad campaigns featuring our very own home-grown starlets such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Emma Watson, as revealed last week.
As well as overseeing the design of lush new Burberry HQs in both London's Horseferry Road and the New York base, which led New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg to declare its opening day as 'Burberry Day' last month, Bailey has also been influential in setting up the Burberry Foundation which aims to empower young people by encouraging them to realise their potential through creativity.
As far as we're concerned that's a pretty busy eight years and an honour well deserved. Congrats!
By Abigail Radnor