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Irish designer Seán McGirr is named new creative director of Alexander McQueen

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Seán McGirr takes the helm at Alexander McQueenDave Benett - Getty Images

Seán McGirr has been named the new creative director of Alexander McQueen. He will succeed Sarah Burton, who presented her final collection for the fashion house in Paris on Saturday. McGirr was formerly head of ready-to-wear at JW Anderson, working first on menswear and then later adding womenswear to his remit.

The Irish designer, who studied at Central Saint Martins in London, previously worked as womenswear designer at Dries Van Noten, and had stints at Burberry and Uniqlo.

"We are delighted to welcome Seán McGirr as creative director," said Gianfilippo Testa, CEO of Alexander McQueen. "With his experience, personality, and creative energy, he will bring a powerful creative language to Alexander McQueen while building on its unique heritage."

Burton announced that she was leaving the British fashion brand just last month, after 13 years at the helm, and 26 years in total. She had worked closely alongside the label's founder, Lee Alexander McQueen, up until his death.

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Burton takes a bow during her final Alexander McQueen showDave Benett - Getty Images

"I am so proud of everything I’ve done and of my incredible team at Alexander McQueen," Burton said in a statement at the time of her departure announcement. "They are my family, and this has been my home for the past 26 years. I want to thank François-Henri Pinault for believing in me and offering me this amazing opportunity. Above all, I want to thank Lee Alexander McQueen. 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."

Her final collection, for spring/summer 2024 was dedicated to Lee, "whose wish was always to empower women", she explained in the show notes, and to "the passion, talent and loyalty" of her team. The powerful show was opened by Kaia Gerber, closed by Naomi Campbell and received a standing ovation from the audience.

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