Stella McCartney, the British fashion designer behind Team GB's kit, named an OBE in 2013 New Year Honours List.
BY Belinda White | 29 December 2012
Stella McCartney, the British fashion designer responsible for kitting out Team GB athletes and countless red carpet stars alike, has rounded off a remarkable 2012 by being awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List.
The mammoth task of designing over 500 individual pieces of performance sportswear for Team GB and Paralympic GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games - from Tom Daley's "little thing" to the tracksuits worn on the medal podiums - provided a once in a life opportunity and unprecedented global exposure for the 41-year-old mother of four.
McCartney's designs - created under her collaborative sportswear line with Adidas - ensured that Team GB's athletes were the most stylish at the games and the envy of other competing nations at the Olympic village, many of whom were reportedly keen to swap kits.
This latest accolade comes hot on the heels of her double win at last month's prestigious British Fashion Awards where McCartney was named Designer of the Year and Designer Brand of the Year for her eponymous fashion label - a joint venture with Gucci Group PPR.
The Stella McCartney brand has gone from strength to strength in 2012 with the opening of a new store in New York's Soho; the launch of both her latest fragrance 'L.I.L.Y', and 'Stella', a second line of everyday lingerie; plus a childrenswear collaboration with the Mr Men team titled Little Miss Stella.
Back in February, McCartney staged a star-studded fashion show at London Fashion Week which included a supermodel flash-mob dance routine; and in July she received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of the Arts London and announced she will fund a scholarship for Central Saint Martins MA Fashion students.