Burberry's iconic vintage check has received a rainbow makeover. Image: Burberry Facebook
Burberry’s openly gay chief creative officer and president, Christopher Bailey, is stepping down after 17 years with the company, dedicating his final collection for the fashion house to the LGBT+ community.
The show, which starred Cara Delevingne, was presented at London Fashion Week on Saturday 17th February, and celebrates “The rainbow, a symbol of inclusiveness and joy”, Bailey said in a press release.
“From functional puffer jackets to spectacular faux fur capes, blown-up, tie-dyed and graffiti-sprayed, the rainbow flag emerges across the collection.”
“My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to – and in support of – some of the best and brightest organisations supporting LGBTQ+ youth around the world.”
“There has never been a more important time to say that in our diversity lies our strength and our creativity.”
The iconic Burberry vintage check has been given an LGBT+ makeover, with the new Rainbow Check available on jackets, shoes, bags, scarves, caps and more across the collection.
Burberry's new Rainbow Collection debuted at London Fashion Week on February 17. Image Burberry Facebook
LGBT+ charities the Albert Kennedy Trust, The Trevor Project and The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) have received donations from Burberry. The fashion house intends for this collection and theses donations to be the first in a series of initiatives designed to promote diversity.
“We are overjoyed with this generous donation and support from Burberry, which will make an incredible difference to preventing LGBT+ youth homelessness in the UK,” said Tim Sigsworth MBE, chief executive of The Albert Kennedy Trust.
Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of The Trevor Project, a U.S youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention organisation, said “Burberry’s generous donation will make a transformational difference in growing the Trevor Project’s life-saving work for LGBT+ youth.”
A representative for ILGA, which campaigns globally for LGBT+ rights, said “This will continue to empower our efforts to raise the voices of LGBTI people worldwide and bring about change.”
To watch the show or pre-order items from the Spring 2018 collection, visit the Burberry website.