Wintour will be honoured during the ceremony at the London Coliseum on 1 December for her stellar contribution to fashion.
Her reputation in the industry is untouchable. Having started at Condé Nast as Creative Director of American Vogue in 1983 she then returned to the UK to become editor-in-chief of British Vogue in 1986.
However, Wintour rejoined American Vogue in 1988 when she took on her current position. While she's known for being outspoken in the comfort of her immaculate Condé Nast offices (we rarely hear her talk in public) she is also the front woman for many fundraising events, particularly for AIDS research and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She's an all-powerful force not to be reckoned with (especially on the tennis court: her home away from the office) and it is Wintour's support and guidance of young, emerging fashion talents - seen best through the establishment of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, that is testament to her winning this award.
Sure, she's got an edge but after seeing her in Vogue's '73 Questions With' series - where she revealed that she would never wear "head-to-toe black" and that "journey" is her least favourite fashion word - it's clear that she's fabulous on every level.
For more on this year's British Fashion Awards, don't miss the full nominees list here.
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