Christopher Bailey to Receive Honorary Doctorate


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Burberry designer Christopher Bailey is to receive his third honorary doctorate.

The accolades seem to never cease for Burberry's Christopher Bailey.

In addition to helming what's arguably the U.K.'s most successful and forward-thinking brand, Bailey has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and two honorary doctorates (from the University of Westminster and the University of Huddersfield). And soon that number will jump to three.

On March 18, the 39-year-old designer will receive an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University in South Yorkshire, England, for his contribution to fashion and his charity work. Bailey and Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts founded the Burberry Foundation in 2008, which, according to its Web site, provides financial grants to help "young people realize their dreams and potential through the power of their creativity."

"Christopher is an internationally successful figure in the industry, with a passion for sharing his talent by educating others," Professor Phillip Jones, the university's vice chancellor, said. "We are proud to welcome him to Sheffield Hallam, which has a proud history in art and design dating back to 1843."

"I am looking forward to spending time at Sheffield Hallam University and to meeting their final-year fashion students," Bailey told Vogue U.K. "I am extremely honored to be recognized by the university in this way, and I am particularly passionate about supporting the next generation of British design talent."

Get the full story from Vogue U.K. online.

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