Anna Wintour to be honoured with fashion award

Suki Waterhouse and Bradley Cooper have dinner with Anna Wintour at J Sheekey restaurant

Anna Wintour will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2014 British Fashion Awards.

The ceremony – which will take place at the London Coliseum on December 1 – will see the editor of American Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast celebrated for her contribution to the world of fashion.

Chairman of the British Fashion Council, Natalie Massenet MBE 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.

“As one of Britain’s most successful exports, it is fitting to celebrate Anna Wintour’s lifetime of achievement in London.”

The businesswoman began her career at Harpers & Queen magazine in London in 1970 before going to the US to work on American Vogue, where she has held her position of editor-in-chief since 1988.

Burberry Chief Creative and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Bailey MBE, also paid tribute to the mother-of-two, saying: “Anna gives an extraordinary amount of her time nurturing and supporting creative talent around the world whether they are emerging or established names, part of fashion, literature, theatre, film, politics, sport or philanthropy.

“Her contribution to all of our global industries is a testament to both her passion, and her innate generosity.

Fashion designer Christopher Kane added: “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.”

The 65-year-old trendsetter follows Terry and Tricia Jones who won the award in 2013 for founding fashion culture magazine i-D.

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