Despite being most known for their raincoats, Burberry has long been heralded as one of the most important fashion houses in Europe. For 17 years, Christopher Bailey has been at the helm of the brand.
The Burberry February 2018 collection will be his last collection as president and chief operating officer, and it will include a very special nod to the LGBTQ community. The collection will feature a rainbow check, a pride print that was released today on social media. All of the rainbow pieces will be available to buy immediately after the show in London on Saturday.
On Twitter, Burberry wrote: “Today we reveal
#TheRainbowCheck and announce that @Burberry is supporting LGBTQ+ charities @AlbertKennedyTr, @ILGAWorld and @TrevorProject. The rainbow, a symbol of inclusiveness and joy, is celebrated throughout the February 2018 collection #BurberryShow #LFW”
Burberry called the LGBTQ rainbow “an emblem for optimism and inclusiveness,” and said it will feature prominently across the next collection. The rainbow check pieces will be available for purchase immediately after the show in London on Feb. 17.
Today we reveal #TheRainbowcheck and announce that #Burberry is supporting three LGBTQ+ charities, @AlbertKennedyTrust, @ILGAWorld and @TrevorProject, dedicated to broadening support for this community around the world. The rainbow, a symbol of inclusiveness and joy, is celebrated throughout the February 2018 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.’ Christopher Bailey . #BurberryShow #LFW
Bailey wrote: “My final collection here at Burberry is dedicated to — and in support of — some of the best and brightest organizations 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,” said Bailey, president and chief creative officer of Burberry.”
Burberry is making donations to three charities, the Albert Kennedy Trust, the Trevor Project and ILGA, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, all of which aim to broaden awareness, mentor and make resources available to LGBTQ communities worldwide.
Tim Sigsworth, chief executive of the Albert Kennedy Trust, said Burberry’s donation will make a difference to preventing LGBTQ youth homelessness in the U.K. “Twenty-four percent of the 150,000 young people facing homelessness in the U.K. identify as LGBTQ after experiencing abuse and rejection just for being brave enough to come out to their families.”