Designer Lee Alexander McQueen is to receive a posthumous award for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design at the British Fashion Awards which take place today (7 December).

The acclaimed British designer, founder of the Alexander McQueen brand, was awarded designer of the year four times at the British Fashion Awards and received a CBE in 2003. He was found dead at his home in London in February.

The special award celebrates his work and honours his "exceptional impact" on global fashion.

"The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the exceptional talent of an individual who has contributed to the British fashion industry both internationally, and here in the UK throughout their career," says Harold Tillman, CBE, chairman of the BFC. "There was only one person we felt we could recognise with this award this year - Lee McQueen."

To commemorate Lee's life and celebrate this award the ceremony will open with a film

featuring his most iconic pieces directed by Nick Knight, styled by Edward Enninful and soundtrack by Bjork. The film will feature iconic pieces from Lee's career from the Alexander McQueen archive.

Born in London in 1969 Lee began his fashion career with an apprenticeship at the traditional Savile Row tailors Anderson and Shephard and then at neighboring Gieves and Hawkes.

A few years later he completed a Masters degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins. He showed his MA collection in 1992, which was famously bought in its entirety by Isabella Blow.

In October 1996 he was appointed chief designer at the French Haute Couture House Givenchy where he worked until March of 2001. In December 2000, 51% of Alexander McQueen was acquired by the Gucci Group, where he remained creative director until his death in February 2010.

He is succeeded at his eponymous brand by his protege Sarah Burton with whom he had worked for 14 years.