Sarah Burton
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Age: 37

Creative director, Alexander McQueen

After interning at the provocative fashion house as a student, Burton came aboard McQueen after graduation and never looked back. She's created dresses for Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, as well as the much-talked-about wedding dress Kate Middleton wore for her royal wedding. McQueen's suicide two years ago saw label owner PPR elevate Burton to creative director -- a savvy call, it turns out. Last year Burton won the coveted British Fashion Awards' Designer of the Year.


- Last updated October 11 2012 04:33 PM ET
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