Burberry’s next runway presentation carries much heft. It is Christopher Bailey’s swansong, but after 17 years of tirelessly reinventing the iconic house check, he has one last rah-rah up his sleeve. The 46-year-old Englishman bids farewell with his final iteration: the new Rainbow Check.
“My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to — in support of — some of the best and brightest organisations supporting the 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 outgoing president and chief creative officer explained. He chose the LGBTQ+ rainbow, an international symbol for optimism and inclusiveness, to make a rousing finale co-ed collection. And he has Burberry’s full backing.
The 162-year-old luxury fashion house has a long history of supporting young LGBTQ+ people fulfil their potential. In addition to its internal apprenticeship and work experience programmes, it has lent financial muscle to many creative institutions such as the Royal College of Art and the British Fashion Council with donations and scholarships.
Now, as part of the February Collection 2018 show, the company embarks on a new philanthropic programme to promoting diversity around the world. Cementing its commitment to LGBTQ+ communities, donations have been made to the Albert Kennedy Trust, The Trevor Project and International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). All three charities share the purpose of broadening awareness, mentoring and resources available around the world.
We already miss Christopher Bailey and his forward-looking initiatives that always bring the worlds of fashion and reality closer… catch his last hurrah here.