The Influence/ Anna Wintour to receive 2014 BFC Outstanding Achievement Award

“There isn’t a person working in fashion who has not been inspired and influenced by Anna’s leadership.This is why we are honoring Anna at this year’s British Fashion Awards. An editor, business woman, philanthropist, mother, friend and icon; this award recognizes and celebrates her extraordinary contribution to the global fashion industry and to popular culture” British Fashion Council chairman Natalie Massenet commented on the obvious choice. Over her decades-long career in fashion and all things artistic, American Vogue’s editor-in-chief and Condé Nast artistic director has achieved many. She is the mentor of many emerging designers of the past, the present and the future. She had her vision printed in both American and British editions of Vogue. She has established many charitable programs. She was recently honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s re-naming of its costume center, recognizing the millions that she has helped raise through the annual Met Ball. She has raised over $20 million for HIV/AIDS outreach through the CFDA/Vogue Initiative. She invented Fashion Night Out, a global initiative that was started to aid the retail industry following the 2009 economic downturn. She is the Queen of all Queens and she is fearsome, in a way only a diva can be.

“Anna has such an influential hand in fashion, she cares about, and pioneers creativity. Her love and contribution to British fashion is truly outstanding and I am ever grateful for all the support she has given me,” Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen said in a statement.

Past winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Sir Paul Smith and Manolo Blahnik. Alexander McQueen was given the award posthumously in 2010. Britain’s most successful export in printed fashion media will receive the prestigious Outstanding Achievement recognition at the awards ceremony on Dec. 1 at the London Coliseum.

Photographs by Mario Testino for WSJ