The iconic Alexander McQueen fashion house has made a significant announcement by appointing Seán McGirr as its new creative director, following Sarah Burton’s final show for the brand. This development, confirmed by Kering, the luxury conglomerate overseeing the UK fashion house, marks a pivotal moment in the brand’s history.
Seán McGirr brings a wealth of experience to his role, having previously held the position of head of ready-to-wear at JW Anderson, a prominent label under Kering’s French rival, LVMH.
McGirr’s journey at JW Anderson commenced in 2020 when he assumed responsibility for the men’s collections, later expanding his role to include womenswear. Before this, he served as the women’s designer for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp.
From 2014 to 2018, McGirr was part of Uniqlo’s creative teams in Tokyo and Paris, contributing significantly to the development of men’s collections under the guidance of Christophe Lemaire. His career began with roles at Burberry and Vogue Hommes Japan.
Gianfilippo Testa, CEO of Alexander McQueen, expressed his excitement about McGirr’s appointment, stating, «We are delighted to welcome Seán McGirr as creative director. His extensive experience, unique personality, and creative energy will bring a powerful creative language to Alexander McQueen while honoring its rich heritage.»
Seán McGirr, an Irish national born in Dublin, is a Central Saint Martins graduate, holding a Master of Arts in Fashion earned in 2014.
François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of Kering, shared his enthusiasm for this development, saying, «Alexander McQueen is a brand that we are deeply passionate about, and we have full confidence in Seán McGirr’s ability to infuse it with fresh creative energy. We eagerly anticipate this new chapter in the brand’s storied history.»
While the official release did not include a statement from Seán McGirr, his appointment signifies an exciting new era for Alexander McQueen under his creative leadership.