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Degree honour for Stella
University vice chancellor Sir Alan Langlands and Stella McCartney
University vice chancellor Sir Alan Langlands and Stella McCartney
Fashion designer Stella McCartney has received an honorary degree from Dundee University for her "innovative and inspirational work".

She was handed the Doctor of Laws (LLD) on Tuesday during a ceremony at Sadler's Wells in Islington, north London.

The 31-year-old said: "I am very very proud. I wouldn't have thought it. It's the sort of thing you don't imagine when you are a kid in college."

The acclaimed designer chose to wear a tailored black trouser suit and white shirt, with her hair swept back, to collect the doctorate from the University Chancellor Sir James Black.

She also met students from the university's Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and previewed some of their work.

A university spokeswoman said she had been given the honorary degree "for her services to design and to honour her innovative design" and called her "an inspiration to students."

Graduation show

Miss McCartney said: "It's a massive honour to be an inspiration to anyone.

"It was wonderful looking at their work. I am looking forward to seeing more."

The daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney worked with Christian Lacroix on his first couture collection at the age of 15.

She later studied fashion design at London's St Martin's College of Art and Design.

But it was her graduation show that included supermodel friends Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss on the catwalk, and her proud parents watching from the front row, that made the front pages of the national press.

She was appointed chief designer at French couture house Chloe in 1997 but left in 2001 to join the Gucci Group where she developed her own label under her name.

Miss McCartney, who is due to marry former magazine publisher Alasdhair Willis in the Argyllshire peninsula, Scotland, this month, recently opened her first stores in New York and London and launched her own perfume.

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