Christopher Bailey (fashion designer)

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Christopher Bailey
Christopher Bailey 2014.jpg
Born (1971-05-11) 11 May 1971 (age 46)
Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Nationality British
Education University of Westminster
Occupation Chief creative and CEO, Burberry Group

Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Art 2003
Designer of the Year, British Fashion Awards 2005
Honorary Doctorate, University of Westminster 2006
Menswear Designer of the Year 2007, British Fashion Awards
Honorary Doctorate, University of Huddersfield 2007
Menswear Designer of the Year 2008, British Fashion Awards
Honorary Patron of the University Philosophical Society, Trinity College, Dublin
MBE 2009
Designer of the Year, British Fashion Awards 2009
International Award Council of Fashion Designers of America 2010
Honorary Doctorate, Sheffield Hallam University 2011
Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Art 2013

Menswear Designer of the Year, British Fashion Awards 2013

Christopher Paul Bailey MBE (born 11 May 1971) is the chief creative and chief executive officer (CEO) of Burberry, and is responsible for creating and delivering the company's global vision and business strategy, including overseeing collections, brand imagery, product design, creative marketing, architecture, consumer technology and digital innovation.[1] He took up the role of Chief Creative and chief executive officer on 1 May 2014, following the departure of former CEO Angela Ahrendts.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bailey,[3] was born in Yorkshire, the son of a carpenter and a window dresser for Marks and Spencer.[4] He graduated from the Royal College of Art with a master's degree in 1994, where he was later awarded an honorary fellowship in 2004[5] and, in 2013, an honorary doctorate.[6]


From 1994 to 1996 he was the womenswear designer at Donna Karan and senior designer of womenswear at Gucci in Milan from 1996 to 2001. He joined Burberry in May 2001 as design director and became creative director in 2004, and chief creative officer in November 2009.[4][7]

In 2008, Bailey, alongside Angela Ahrendts, established the Burberry Foundation, dedicated to helping young people realise their dreams and potential through the power of their creativity. The Burberry Foundation invests in select charities focused on supporting young people in the key cities in regions where the majority of Burberry employees live and work, and where they are able to participate in volunteer roles.[8]

On 15 October 2013, Bailey was named as the next CEO of Burberry following Angela Ahrendts' departure to Apple in mid-2014.[9] Bailey took up the role of chief creative and chief executive officer on 1 May 2014.

Bailey is credited with transforming the fortunes of the company,[4] turning it into the luxury industry's digital leader and overseeing a reinvigoration of the company's design.[10] Bailey masterminded the design of Burberry's largest store, 121 Regent Street in London, opened in 2012, a bricks-and-mortar incarnation of the brand's website.[11] He also oversaw the design and development of the 160,000-square-foot (15,000 m2) Burberry Global Headquarters at Horseferry House in London, opened in 2009.[citation needed]

In July 2016, it was announced that Marco Gobbetti, CEO of Céline, would be the next CEO of Burberry, taking over from Bailey in 2017, who will be transitioning to role of President whilst also retaining the title of Chief Creative Officer.[12][13][14][15] In July 2017, Gobbetti will replace Bailey as CEO.[16]

Personal life[edit]

While in Milan, Bailey met and began dating Geert Cloet, brand designer for Miu Miu. He split his time between his home in Milan and England. When Cloet was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2004, he and Bailey moved to Yorkshire to be near Bailey's family. Cloet died the next year.[citation needed] Bailey has been in a relationship with British actor Simon Woods since 2009.[17][18] In May 2014 Bailey became the first openly gay executive among FTSE 100 corporations.[19]

Bailey is mentor to emerging British creative talent from UK institutions including the Royal College of Art and the University of Huddersfield.[20]


  • 2009 – Designer of the Year, British Fashion Awards (UK)[21]


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  3. ^ "The Class of 2009: Stylemaker of the year: Christopher Bailey". Out Magazine. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c McDowell, Colin (6 September 2009). "Christopher Bailey: Burberry's golden boy". The Times. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Alexander, Hilary (7 December 2009). "Christopher Bailey collects his MBE". Telegraph. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Sowray, Bibby (28 June 2013). "Burberry's Christopher Bailey to receive honorary doctorate". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Jones, Dolly (11 November 2009). "All Hail Bailey". Vogue. Retrieved 7 December 2009. 
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  9. ^ WWD Staff (25 February 2014). "Anna Wintour, Christopher Bailey Spotted in London". WWD. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Roberts, Andrew (9 April 2014). "Burberry Designer CEO Shows Shift to Creatives in Luxury". Bloomberg. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Irwin, Rosamund (14 September 2012). "Top of the Shops". ES Magazine. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
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  16. ^ Vandevelde, Mark (May 18, 2017). "Burberry sales rise as Bailey bows out as chief executive". Financial Times. United Kingdom. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  17. ^ The Tatler List, Chistopher Bailey
  18. ^ Daily Mail 31 August 2012
  19. ^ Stanford Graduate School of Business, Former BP CEO John Browne: Why Coming Out is Good Business, 24 September 2014.
  20. ^ Barton, Laura (4 September 2013). "Burberry's Christopher Bailey on his obsession with music". Guardian. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  21. ^ Alexander, Hilary (9 December 2009). "British Fashion Awards: Christopher Bailey named designer of the year". Telegraph. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  22. ^ Alexander, Hilary (8 June 2010). "Christopher Bailey wins CFDA international award in New york". Telegraph. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  23. ^ Alexander, Ella (10 March 2011). "Bailey is given honorary doctorate". Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  24. ^ Jones, Nina (2 December 2013). "Christopher Kane, Miuccia Prada Among Honorees at British Fashion Awards". WWD. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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