Sarah Burton has spoken about her journey to the top at Alexander McQueen in an interview to promote the label's first boutique in China.
Reflecting on her former boss's tragic death in 2010 the creative director said: "It was an absolute tragedy and there was all the grief that went with that. I think that at the beginning taking on the job was something I didn't want to do because he was such a genius and I can never pretend to be him [...] I was very afraid of taking the job."
Ultimately Burton, who went on to design possibly the most scrutinised dress of the last decade for Kate Middleton's wedding to Prince William, is glad she took on the role - as are we - and ensured the continuation of McQueen's work. "What did he work so hard for for all those years if it was just going to disappear?"
Hit play on the video to listen to the full interview - there's also a really interesting explanation of how the team created the broken plate porcelain dresses from the Autumn/Winter 2011/12 collection which we adored.
One of Sarah Burton's A/W 2011/12 broken plate dresses. Photo: PA