A BRADFORD-born designer who is fast becoming a revered figure in the fashion world was a major winner at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Daniel Lee, Creative Director at Italian luxury goods and high fashion brand Bottega Veneta, cemented his influential status at The Fashion Awards 2019, held last night in the grand surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Led by the British Fashion Council, the awards “recognise creativity and innovation in fashion, celebrating exceptional individuals whose imagination and creativity has broken new ground in fashion globally over the past 12 months as well as brands and businesses that have transformed the possibilities of fashion today”.

Lee, 33, was named British Designer of the Year - Womenswear, which was presented by actress Emma Roberts; Designer of the Year, presented by actress Naomi Watts, plus Accessories Designer of the Year, which was presented by supermodel Karen Elson.

Bottega Veneta was also named Brand of the Year.

The night was packed with celebrity faces and huge figures in the fashion and entertainment world, including Rihanna, Tom Cruise, Naomi Campbell, Donatella Versace, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who dazzled on the red carpet wearing a Bottega Veneta gown.

Lee attended Dixons City Academy and then honed his talent at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.

He took on his role at Bottega Veneta last year, but has also worked at Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Donna Karan.

Prior to joining the fashion house, Lee was Director of Ready-to-Wear Design at Céline.

Reflecting on his success at the awards, fashion bible Vogue said his status as “fashion’s boy wonder” was cemented.

The legendary magazine reported that he was an “industry unknown” until last year, but is now “fashion’s power player”, steering Bottega Veneta to one of “luxury’s loftiest houses”.

Harpers Bazaar said Bottega Veneta has “gained acclaim” since the Bradford lad’s appointment, with “quiet, modern elegance reinterpreted by Lee”.

It said the brand’s Pouch clutch bag has even prompted international waiting lists.

Lee’s former school recently spoke of its pride at his achievements.

Shirley Watson, Executive Principal of Dixons Academies Trust, who was Head of Sixth Form at Dixons City Academy during his time there, said: “It is inspiring to hear about Daniels’ many achievements in the fashion industry. As a student, he showed tremendous creative flair, tenacity and a drive to be the best he could be.

“Daniel’s appointment as Creative Director at a major fashion brand and award nominations come as no surprise to us and we are extremely proud to have played a small part in his development.”