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Tuesday 12th of November 2013

Ex Batley School of Art student Christopher Bailey appointed as Chief Executive Officer of luxury fashion brand Burberry.

Studying at Batley School of Art could result in your career being sewn up like former student Christopher Bailey who has recently been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of luxury fashion brand Burberry.

Christopher Bailey MBE is originally from Halifax, the son of a carpenter and a window dresser for Marks and Spencer. Following his time at the Batley School of Art he graduated from the Royal College of Art with a Master’s degree in 1994 and later received an honorary fellowship from the college in 2004.

From 1994 to 1996 he was the womens wear designer at Donna Karan and senior designer of womens wear at Gucci in Milan from 1996 to 2001. He joined Burberry in May 2001 as creative director and became chief creative director in November 2009.

Bailey is credited with transforming the fortunes of the company. In 2003, he received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Art, from where he graduated in 1994.

On his time at college Christopher said, “I feel very fortunate that I was trained and my design education was British based. I was at Batley School of Art. If you are about to start studying at the college, you are at the beginning of the most unbelievable journey. I hope you enjoy every second of your education. I hope you dream very big and I hope that you're surprised by everything you're doing”

Christopher Bailey