Manolo Blahnik CBE (60 years of age) will receive the Outstanding Achievement award at this year's British Fashion Awards. This special award celebrates and recognises one designer, who throughout their career, has made an impact on the global fashion industry.
The Spanish-born, Bath-based designer said the award, which was voted for by a panel of leading internationally acclaimed journalists and retailers was "a great honour", adding: "to be recognised for doing something I love is really wonderful."
With a career spanning almost 40 years, his elegant, ladylike designs have won over the likes of Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and famously, Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw.
Pieces from the spring/summer 2012 collection (clockwise from top left): Lomeo £650, Plutania £620, Acantus £850, Bohu £820.
Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award have been
Revered globally for his fabulous tailoring, exciting, innovative and outrageous style, McQueen will be remembered as the most innovative and influential fashion designer of his generation. McQueen won the award posthumously in 2010.
Hilary Alexander was the Fashion Director of The Daily Telegraph for 26 years. She has twice been awarded the British Fashion Journalist of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, in 1998, and 2003.
Hussein graduated in 1993 from London’s Central St Martins School of Art and Design. He was named British Designer of the Year in 1999 and in 2000.
Jean Muir was part of the British design revolution of the 1960s. Jean Muir’s look was based on signature fabrics, colours, details as well as precision cut and fit.
Mrs. Burstein, has been instrumental in the initial success of household names such as John Galliano, Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen and Sonia Rykiel.
Revered globally for his exciting, innovative and romantic designs on the runway as well as on the red carpet, Galliano has established himself as arguably the most influential fashion designer of his generation.
Manolo Blahnik CBE
Manolo Blahnik is one of the world's most influential footwear designers and has been British Fashion Awards Accessory Designer of the Year three times in 1990, 1999 and 2003. Also 2012's Outstanding Achievement Award.
Within 20 years Paul Smith had established himself as a pre-eminent British designer. He has the ability to anticipate and spark trends, not only fashion but often in the wider context of popular culture. Won 2011's outstanding achievement award.
Stephen Jones’ creations have graced the heads of some of the world’s most famous faces, as well as appearing on international catwalks, concert stages, cinema screens, and in prestigious museums of the world.
Suzy Menkes is fashion's authority. As Fashion Editor of the International Herald Tribune - the only daily newspaper with a global reach - her reports on the international collections are read around the world.
Vivienne Westwood today continues to show in Paris, Milan and London. She uses the medium of her shows to talk about culture and politics, more specifically about the urgent need to act against climate change.
Zandra Rhodes was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1997 in recognition of her contribution to fashion and textiles, has nine Honorary Doctorates and is the first Chancellor of the University of The Creative Arts (Kent).