Legendary fashion models Twiggy and Daphne Selfe have both been named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, along with former Burberry creative chief Christopher Bailey and retailer Anne Furbank.
Twiggy (real name Lesley Lawson) was recognised with a Damehood for her services to fashion, arts and charity. The 69-year-old was the face of the 1960s and she has remained a sought-after fashion collaborator ever since and has been best known most recently for her collaborations with high street giant Marks & Spencer.
Fellow model Daphne Selfe, who at 90 is dubbed the world’s oldest supermodel, was also recognised with a British Empire Medal for services to Women and Fashion. Selfe has been modelling since 1949. She stopped modelling in the 1960s but was rediscovered at the age of 70 when she was cast to walk in the Red or Dead catwalk show and was later shot by Nick Knight for Vogue. As well as being an in-demand model she coaches women in confidence and modelling.
Former Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, who left the British fashion house at the start of the year, adds to his MBE (received in 2009 with a CBE for his services to the fashion industry. Bailey has been spending time with his family since he bowed out of Burberry, a brand he helped transform into a global fashion force, with fashion industry watchers eager to see what his next move will be.
Meanwhile one of the fashion industry’s most respected independent retailers Anne Furbank has been honoured with a British Empire Medal for services to the Fashion Industry and Charitable Fundraising. Furbank opened her first store in the village of Buckden, Cambridgeshire, in 1981 and the business has since grown to cover 12 showrooms and a hotel, which she runs with daughter-in-law Rebecca Furbank.