Philo receives OBE

Phoebe Philo has received an OBE in the New Year Honors list.

The creative director of Céline received her Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition for her services to fashion.

Phoebe took over Céline in 2008, and is often credited with transforming the fashion house into one of the industry’s most influential labels.

Before that, Phoebe served as creative director at Chloé from 2001 through 2006.

She studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, graduating in 1996.

For Céline’s Spring/Summer 14 show, Phoebe explained that she wanted to design clothes that brought “power to women.”

And the New Year Honors list has certainly brought power to women, as this year’s line-up has recognized more women than men for the first time since it was founded in 1917.

Make-up artists Pat McGrath has also been included in the list, and has been awarded an MBE for her services to the fashion and beauty industry.

Pat has long since created iconic catwalk looks and has worked with some of the world’s most famous fashion houses, including Prada, Gucci and Dior.

Pat said in an e-mail that it was an “absolute honor” to receive the award.

Textile designer Natalie Gibson, who is a tutor at Central Saint Martins, received an MBE.

Other notable recipients in other areas of art included sculptor Sir Antony Gormley and actress Angela Lansbury, star of Murder She Wrote.

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