Betty Jackson continues to maintain her position as one of Britain’s most prominent and internationally respected designers. With an intriguing blend of experimental cutting and understated elegance, Betty Jackson created highly desirable clothing for the intelligent and individual woman. Offering sophisticated design solutions exemplified by a play on proportion and using fine art derived prints as visual highlights, Betty created a design vocabulary that is enduring and instantly recognisable. Betty Jackson created two mainline collections a year which were shown on the runway at London Fashion Week and each was complemented by a complete range of accessories.
Having launched her first collection in 1981, Jackson went on to win the esteemed title of British Designer of the Year in 1985. Her outstanding contribution to the British fashion industry was further recognised in 1987 when she was awarded an MBE and a year later in 1988, was made an RDI by the Royal Society of Arts. She was awarded Contemporary Designer of the Year in 1999 at the London Fashion Awards, and appointed visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art in 1999. Jackson was also appointed a trustee of the V&A in 2005 and in 2007 received a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
She has been a Patron of the Charity previously known as Dress for Success, now re-named Smartworks since 2009. A Charity that works to style and re-train disadvantaged women to regain their position in the workplace.
She is on the Board of Trustees for Intoart, a visual arts charity based in london working with adults and young artists with learning disabilities, who through their studio programme, exhibitions and events with leading UK galleries and museums are gaining a significant international reputation.
In 2015 she was elected Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry, which is a two year appointment.