Christopher Bailey gave Burberry the Rainbow Check
Christopher Bailey has been working for 17 years at the luxury brand Burberry, both as creative-director and later on also as CEO. He was responsible for the very succesful revamping of this classic brand, which is of course famous for it’s gabardine trench coats; lined with the, even better known, trademark plaid in beige, black and red. (created in 1924 and officially named ‘Nova check’).
The Rainbow Check
Mr Bailey is leaving the brand in March 2018 and will leave the company completely by the end of 2018. The last collection under his supervision: The February 2018 Show, is not only a gift to Burberry-Lovers but also to the LGBTQ+ community. The collection was 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.’ – Christopher Bailey
And so it happend: ‘The Rainbow Check’ was created. Iconic!
(A Swatch of the Rainbow Check, pinned to the invites for the Burberry fashionshow at London Fashion Week in February 2018.)
Added knowledge: A flag with a seven-striped rainbow design is used in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador is anachronically associated with Tawantin Suyu, or Inca territory. Even today in the city of Cusco, Peru it is common to see the flag around the city displayed even in government buildings and in Cusco main square. The flag is inspired on the wiphala which was part of Inca symbolism and used in the Tahuantinsuyo and traces its existence to the early 1920s.
Gilbert Baker, the man who came up with the Rainbow flag in1978 has passed away
Thursday night (March 30, 2017). He was 65. “Discussing his design at a 2015 exhibition at the New York Museum of Modern Art, Baker said: “I decided that we should have a flag; that a flag fit us as a symbol, that we are a people – a tribe, if you will. And flags are about proclaiming power, so it’s very appropriate. Baker’s design placed meaning on each colour: Pink (sexuality), Red (life), Orange (healing), Yellow (sunlight), Green (nature), Turquoise (art), Indigo (harmony) and Violet (human spirit). It has since been reduced to six colours, with pink and indigo removed. Blue is now used instead of turquoise.” (Read more at nme.com)
(credits: Getty Images via nme.com)
The iconic Rainbow flag, which has been created to unite the gay community, fits perfectly In the series ‘Yes, that has been designed by a person’. Sometimes, with too uber-familiar symbols, you forget that there actually was a person who designed it. Just like the designers of, for example, the smiley or the peace-sign they often stay nameless. Hence this post.
JW Kaldenbach and Mimi Berlin got commissioned to portray the graduate bachelor students at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (the art academy situated in Arnhem, The Netherlands) This work will be on show at Dudok in June and July 2016.
Artez Finals 2016 Department;DBKV/vt
Artez Finals 2016 Departments; DBKV/dt & Fine Art
Artez Finals 2016 Departments: Fine art & Fashion Design & Product Design
Mimi Berlin Art Direction/Photography. (Artez Finals 2016 Departments: Jazz/Pop & Dance Teacher)
Overview at Dudok, Arnhem
Overview at Dudok, Arnhem
Mimi Berlin Art Direction/Photography. (ArtEZ Arnhem Finals 2016. Portraits on show at Dudok Arnhem.)
Placemats at Dudok during June and July 2016
Color coded portraits of the ArtEZ BA graduate students. ‘ArtEZ Faces’; 6 digitally printed banners (135 x 175 cm). Photography by JW Kaldenbach, art-direction by Mimi Berlin, assisted by Niko Demoed, printed by Walter Huinink and Anand at ArtEZ Arnhem.
When Mimi was a child she walked passed Babe Rainbow more than twenty times a day. This print on tin hung in the stairway of her parental home. Mimi Sr threw it away at some point ” because it was all dented”.
Babe Rainbow by Peter Blake, 1968.
‘Babe Rainbow, a fictitious lady wrestler, is the most recent in a line of wrestlers I have painted’, said Peter Blake. ‘These include Irish Lord X, Doktor K Tortur, Kamikaze and Les Orchidées Noires. She is twenty-three years old and has broken her nose in the ring. She was born in New Cross, London and wrestles mainly in Europe and the USA as there have only been a few contests between lady wrestlers in London. She is the daughter of the notorious Doktor K Tortur.’ (via V&A museum)
(via pallantbookshop) Bobbie Rainbow is the fictional daughter of Babe Rainbow, Bobbie’s father is unknown, but she was born during 1976, when Babe was living and wrestling in New York (for a brief period in 1973 she was the world champion), and her most likely father is Ebony Superman, who was also world champion at that time. Bobbie is wearing the championship belts, and famous leather hat passed on to her by Babe, when she retired from the ring in 1989. She is currently wrestling in the U.S.A. and around the world. Bobbie bears an uncanny resemblance to her mother.