Reflecting the past. Celebrating the present. Heralding the future.
Burberry and LGBTQ+ Communities
The LGBTQ+ rainbow, an emblem for optimism and inclusiveness, features prominently across the collection, rooted in the introduction of a new Rainbow check, the latest iteration of Burberry’s most iconic symbol.
The Rainbow check pieces in the collection are available to purchase now online and in Burberry stores globally.
To solidify its support of LGBTQ+ communities, Burberry has made donations to three charities – the Albert Kennedy Trust, the Trevor Project, and ILGA – all dedicated to broadening the awareness, mentoring, and resources available around the world.
About United Visual Artists
Christopher Bailey has collaborated with United Visual Artists (UVA) on a reimagining of its work ‘Our Time.’ The installation, which served as the backdrop to Burberry’s February 2018 runway show, is on special loan from the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Australia.
‘Our Time’ is an installation investigating the subjective experience of the passing of time, and has never been shown before outside of MONA.
The installation combines movement, light, and sound as a multisensory, multidimensional canvas into which the visitor can enter — pendulums swing, each to their own rhythm, as time flows through the grid.
For the show, ‘Our Time’ has been ‘reprogrammed’ in response to the specific nature of the venue and concept of the show.
As well as collaborating on the reinterpretation of ‘Our Time’, Christopher and UVA also designed a new original piece for the show’s finale called ‘Spectrum,’ a new installation with rainbow coloured lights and kaleidoscopic patterns that transformed the space.
Based in a studio in Bermondsey, London, UVA has created a broad body of work encompassing wall-based artwork, sculpture, large-scale site-specific installation, and live performance.
Since it was founded in 2003 by Matt Clark, UVA has been commissioned worldwide for institutions such as the Barbican Curve gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Serpentine Galleries, The Wellcome Trust, Manchester International Festival, and YCAM Japan. Works have also been acquired by the collections of Fondation Cartier in France and MONA in Australia.
“Time is something we all understand conceptually but is very difficult to put into words. Our brains are literally being rewired so that time seems to pass faster. UVA sets the modest task of creating a work that does the opposite – it slows everything down and hopefully creates space for contemplation. Whether it’s a fashion show, an art installation, or a piece of architecture, most creative processes are working towards a point of time where it’s considered as being finished. I like to explore the spaces between traditional disciplines, this project proposed a number of interesting dynamics between fashion, art, performance, and architectural space.”— Matt Clark, United Visual Artists Founder
The Show Soundtrack
- Bronski Beat – ‘Puit D’Amour’
- Bronski Beat – ‘Memories’
- Jimmy Somerville – ‘Smalltown Boy (Reprise 2014)’
- The Communards – ‘For A Friend’
- Bronski Beat feat Marc Almond – ‘I Feel Love – Medley’
(I Feel Love/ Johnny Remember Me/ Love To Love You Baby)
- The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris – ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’
The full show soundtrack is now available on Apple Music as part of ‘17 Years of Soundtracks,’ a playlist launched in celebration of Burberry’s long-standing relationship with music, featuring over 200 tracks that have defined some of the brand’s most memorable moments over the last 17 years.
The Show Venue – The Dimco Buildings, West London
Built in 1898, the Dimco Buildings were originally constructed as a powerhouse for the Central London Railways. The listed building sits at the heart of Westfield London’s expansion and will house a hand-picked series of shows, exhibitions, and performances, along with community and corporate events.
About Christopher Bailey
Since joining Burberry in 2001 at the age of 29, Christopher has been instrumental in transforming the brand into a global British luxury fashion house from a small licensed outerwear business.
Christopher has designed over 100 collections and held over 66 runway shows in seven global locations including London, Milan, Shanghai, and Los Angeles.
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