In eight years he has turned Burberry into a British luxury label that is known (and desired) the world over. And in June this year, Christopher Bailey was named an MBE for his services to the fashion industry as part of this year’s Queen’s birthday honors list.
This weekend Burberry’s chief creative officer finally collected his medal, from the Princess Royal, at Buckingham Palace. Bailey received the Member of the Order of the British Empire wearing a traditional morning suit.
‘I am both honoured and humbled to be named a member of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen’ said Bailey.
It has been quite a year for the 38 year old, who last month was given a new title, Chief Creative Officer, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to every aspect of Burberry since his appointment as Creative Director in 2001 - from the designing of all Burberry collections and products, as well as all advertising, corporate art direction, architectural design, multi-media content and overall brand image for Burberry.
Earlier this week, Bailey was also made an honorary patron of Dublin's Trinity College's Philosophical Society. He was also given an honorary fellowship in 2003 from the Royal College of Art, from where he graduated from with an MA in 1994. He also holds an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Westminster, where he graduated from with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990, and an honorary doctorate of Science for his contribution to the Arts by the University of Huddersfield in Yorkshire in 2007.
Bailey, who received the award with his proud parents looking on, was careful to pay credit to his team at Burberry, saying ‘this award also recognises the incredible team that I work with and it is privilege to be a part of Burberry a great British brand.’
That's Christopher Bailey; not just an MBE, but a true British gentleman…