LONDON — Sarah Burton, the late Alexander McQueen’s trusted colleague, is set to be named creative director of the London-based fashion house, WWD has learned.

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Burton worked alongside McQueen on his women’s wear collection for more than a dozen years, and completed the fall collection after the designer’s suicide in February.

A Gucci Group spokeswoman declined comment Wednesday.

Burton’s appointment should further solidify the future of the company. Shortly after McQueen’s death, Gucci Group vowed to keep the company open, saying the designer had set the “building blocks of a brand” that would allow the business to continue. However, Robert Polet, Gucci Group president and chief executive officer, declined to comment on any succession plan at the time.

McQueen’s final collection, shown in March, received all-around raves from retailers and the fashion press. Meanwhile, the company has continued to press forward, with plans to launch a men’s underwear collection under license to Italy’s Albisetti SpA in June.