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Christopher Bailey, Fashion Designer

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In his role as Chief Creative Officer of Burberry, Christopher Bailey is responsible for the design 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.

Christopher also recently oversaw the design and development of the new 160,000 square foot Burberry Global Headquarters at Horseferry House in London. The newly opened 68,000 square foot Burberry Americas Headquarters at 444 Madison in New York and the new Burberry Headquarters in Ginza, Tokyo in Japan.

In 2008 Christopher Bailey set up the Burberry Foundation with Burberry Chief Executive Angela Ahrendts. The Burberry Foundation is committed to dedicating global resources to help young people realise their dreams and achieve their goals and potential through their power and creativity. The Burberry Foundation invests in select charities focused on supporting young people in the key cities in regions where the majority of Burberry employees live and work, and where they are able to participate in volunteer roles with Burberry charity partners on the ground.

Christopher Bailey was appointed Chief Creative Officer of Burberry in November 2009, a newly created position in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the brand since his appointment at Burberry as Creative Director in May 2001.

Prior to his appointment at Burberry, Christopher was the Senior Designer of Womenswear at Gucci in Milan from 1996 to 2001. From 1994 to 1996 he was the Womenswear Designer at Donna Karan.

Christopher Bailey, 38, is British and was born in Yorkshire.

Awards

2009
Honoured with an MBE in the Birthday 2009 Honours List for his services to the Fashion Industry
Designer of the Year 2009, British Fashion Awards (UK)
Honorary Patronage from Dublin Trinity College Philosophical Society

2008
Menswear Designer of the Year 2008, British Fashion Awards (UK)

2007
Menswear Designer of the Year 2007, British Fashion Awards (UK)
Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Huddersfield, Yorkshire

2006
Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster, where Christopher graduated from with a BA in 1990

2005
Designer of the Year, British Fashion Awards (UK)

2003
Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Art, where Christopher graduated from with an MA in 1994

2009
Burberry won Designer Brand and Christopher Bailey won BFC Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards

2010
International Award, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

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