University awards honorary degree to fashion designer Leon Max

Northampton University graduation day at The Royal & Derngate Theatre. Leon Max receives honorary graduate from the University.
Northampton University graduation day at The Royal & Derngate Theatre. Leon Max receives honorary graduate from the University.

A world-famous fashion designer, who lives in the county, has been awarded an honorary degree from The University of Northampton.

Leon Max, the founder of Max Studio, which designs women’s clothes, worn by celebrities including Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie, graduated with an honorary doctorate in a ceremony at the Royal & Derngate theatre yesterday.

Mr Max, who bought Easton Neston, in Northamptonshire, from Lord Hesketh in 2005 to create a European base for his 30-year-old business, said he was honoured to receive the accolade.

The designer, who said he was planning to do a lot more in the fashion industry in Northamptonshire, added: “I would say that Easton Neston is the most beautiful design studio in the world and I am very happy to spend time here.”

Meanwhile, a mother and daughter, Susie and Kimberley Palmer, both graduated yesterday, with degrees in American studies and Film and TV studies respectively.

Kimberley, aged 25, from Duston, said: “We had a few classes together and did presentations together.

“It’s been brilliant. It was great to go to university with a ready-made friend. My other friends loved having my mum there. I would do it all again.”

Mature student, 52-year-old Susie, who also has a son, Matthew, aged 20, added: “It’s been nice being at university together.”