Evolution – Riccardo Tisci’s Burberry kingdom seeks to channel the progress of the Victorian era in a collection inspired by the luxury British brand’s past and dedicated to its future
Burberry presented its new Spring/Summer 2020 collection in West London tonight. The collection, called Evolution, is a celebration of new house codes and is influenced by the time Burberry was founded – the Victorian era.
‘My first year at Burberry was about understanding and refining the new codification for the house. With that foundation in place, I feel ready to start exploring what’s at the heart of this incredible brand.
In the archive, I discovered this beautiful story at the origin of our past. Thomas Burberry was a young pioneer and a self – made man who built his company during the Victorian era – a time in Britain for great change and progress, an era that has always inspired me and my work. He chose to present his company with an emblem of a knight on a horse, but for his family crest, he instead chose a unicorn. Thomas Burberry was a daring innovator but also a romantic and a dreamer.
This is the story behind this collection, a collection inspired by our past and dedicated to our future. It’s the evolution of our Burberry kingdom.’ Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer
The collection, called Evolution, is a celebration of new house codes and is influenced by the time Burberry was founded – the Victorian era.
The collection mixes innovative techniques with classic fabrications. A Victorian – inspired silhouette creates cinched waists and elaborate sleeves for both men and women, while fluid fabrics and hybrid details such as detachable and extendable hems feature throughout.
Reconstructed trench coats with silk panels, sculpted sleeves and crystal – ring piercings. Cut-out and cinched blazers and box-pleat skirt suits. Fringed hem and draped chain embellishments. Tie details on silk shirts and double-pleat trousers. Step-through skirts, corset detailing and ruffled lace dresses with exaggerated puff sleeves. Evening dresses with crystal mesh and hand – tiered ostrich feathers.
Grey, black, beige and white with inflections of ochre, fawn, pink, red and blue.
Hand- sketched, painted and collaged animals, and gingham.
Curated by DJ William Djoko
Credits: © Courtesy of Burberry