Editor-in-chief of American Vogue Anna Wintour is to receive this year’s outstanding achievement award at the upcoming British Fashion Awards.
The award, which will be presented at the London Coliseum on December 1, recognises Wintour’s contribution to the fashion industry.
She began her career at Harpers & Queen in London in 1970, before joining Condé Nast as creative director of American Vogue in 1983. She returned to the UK in 1986 to become editor in chief of British Vogue and in July 1988 she rejoined American Vogue in her current position. In March 2013, she was named the artistic director of Condé Nast.
She has been actively involved in fundraising, particularly for AIDS research, and supporting future fashion talent.
Christopher Kane said: “Anna Wintour is awe-inspiring; her dedication and passion to the fashion industry, her work ethic, and her unwavering support of young talent are truly unique. I owe so much to Anna for believing in me since the very beginning; without her loyal support and friendship over the past 10 years I would not be where I am today.”
Natalie Massenet, chairman of the British Fashion Council, said: “Anna Wintour has helped, nurtured and advised the careers of some of the world’s most brilliant and creative designers. There isn’t a person working in fashion who has not been inspired and influenced by Anna’s leadership.
“This is why we are honouring Anna at this year’s British Fashion Awards. An editor, business woman, philanthropist, mother, friend and icon; this award recognises and celebrates her extraordinary contribution to the global fashion industry and to popular culture.”