Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Phoebe Philo Leads Fashion's New Year Honours

Phoebe Philo, creative director of Celine, received an OBE in a New Year's Honours list that was quiet for the fashion industry, but not for women - who received the lion's share of the honours for the first time in history. Make-up artist Pat McGrath, famous for her work creating catwalk looks for major fashion houses - Dior in particular - was awarded an MBE for her services to the fashion and beauty industry, while an MBE also went to Natalie Gibson, textile designer and print tutor at Central Saint Martins.

Elsewhere in the Arts, sculptor Anthony Gormley was given a Knighthood and actress Penelope Keith - known for her role in Seventies sitcom The Good Life - became a Dame for her charity work. CBEs were awarded to West Ham vice chair Karren Brady and actor Michael Crawford - the first actor to take the title role in The Phantom of the Opera - while actress and presenter Linda Bellingham and singer Katherine Jenkins received OBEs. Writer and actress Ruth Jones, who found fame with her self-penned sitcom Gavin and Stacey, was given an MBE.

However, neither David Beckham nor Andy Murray - who had been rumoured to be set to take home Knighthoods - featured on the list.


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