Designer Dictionary: Christopher Bailey

Currently the Chief Creative and CEO of Burberry with 2017 seeing him as President, Christopher Bailey is credited with the innovation of the British brand, as well as turning it into a digital leader in luxury fashion. Spanning over 15 years with the brand, Bailey has updated the aesthetic whilst respecting it’s traditions. In 2008, he and Angela Ahrendts (former CEO) created the Burberry Foundation which assists young people discover their potential through harnessing their creativity. 

Before his career at Burberry, Bailey was Senior Designer of Womenswear at Gucci. Before that, he worked at Donna Karan after graduating with a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art.


Name: Christopher Bailey

Date of Birth: 11th May 1971

Star Sign: Taurus

Country of Birth: England, United Kingdom

Label: Burberry

Famous work: Credited for the innovation and profit increase of Burberry

Did you know?: Christopher Bailey took a 75% pay cut from £7.5 million to £1.9 million due to fall in profit. 

The Burberry CEO was born in Yorkshire. 

He completed his BA at Westminster University

Awards: Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Arts (2004), Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards (2005, 2009), Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster (2006), Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Huddersfield (2007), Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards (2007, 2008,2013), Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in HM Queen Elizabeth II Birthday 2009 Honours List for Services to the Fashion Industry (2009), Honorary Patron of the University of Philosophical Society, Trinity College (2009), International Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (2010), Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University (2011), Honorary Doctorate from Royal College of Art (2013)

Quotes:

It’s really important to be disruptive and do things that are kind of a little scary and bold. 

We meet so many people, and it’s interesting when you meet someone who you really connect with. They have their own energy, their own personality, and that’s something so different than just beauty. So that really drives the decision for who to work with on a campaign. 

So fashion was, in a way, an accident. But this world opens you up to a lot of different avenues that interested me. I loved the idea of working in different countries. And I loved the idea of construction and working with imagery. But, yes, I fell into fashion a bit by mistake. 

Burberry Christmas Campaign 2015 featuring Rosie Huntington-Whitely and James Bay • Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk 📸

Burberry Regent Steet Flagship Store • Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk 📸

Burberry SS16 Ad Campaign • Source: http://www.fashionspot.com 📸

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