Alexander McQueen Announces New Creative Director

By Charlie Colville

10 months ago

Meet the House's new visionary

Following the sudden news that Sarah Burton would be exiting British luxury label Alexander McQueen following her SS24 collection, the House has announced its new Creative Director: Seán McGirr.

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Seán McGirr Is Alexander McQueen’s New Creative Director

In an announcement on 3 October 2023, Alexander McQueen and Kering unveiled the brand’s new Creative Director. Seán McGirr will be following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Sarah Burton (who announced her departure from Alexander McQueen in September 2023), in shaping and refining the fashion brand’s vision.


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But who is Seán McGirr? You may recognise McGirr from his time at fellow British heritage brand JW Anderson, where he served as Head of Ready-To-Wear. He joined the label in 2020, firstly overseeing men’s collections and then eventually taking ownership of womenswear as well.

The Irish-born designer has also previously held a position as a Women’s Designer for Dries Van Noten, and was part of Uniqlo’s creative offices in Tokyo and Paris from 2014 to 2018 – although he began his career assisting Burberry and Vogue Hommes Japan. McGirr is a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London, from which he graduated with a Master of Arts in Fashion in 2014.

‘We are delighted to welcome Seán McGirr as Creative Director,’ said Gianfilippo Testa, CEO of Alexander McQueen. ‘With his experience, personality and creative energy, he will bring a powerful creative language to Alexander McQueen while building on its unique heritage.’

Featured image: Alexander McQueen SS24