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Christopher Bailey, Burberry’s Creative Director, On How Music Shapes His Work

And the 200-song playlist he's made to celebrate it.

British luxury fashion house Burberry has released a 200-strong playlist that pays homage to it’s musical muses throughout the years. Curated by the brand’s president and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey, the playlist is full of hits, including all of the songs that have played soundtrack to Baily’s runway shows.

Paloma Faith performing live at the ‘Burberry brings London to Shanghai’ event. Photo: Supplied

Burberry has worked with everyone from Elton John, Adele, Dusty Springfield and The Pet Shop boys, to Marina and The Diamonds and The Rolling Stones.

James Bay performing live at the Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Spring Summer 2015 Show. Photo: Supplied

The playlist itself is almost 12 hours long, opening with Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull, and weaving through The Cure, The Clash, The Kinks and Supergrass, to the most dreamy tones of James Blunt, Fleetwood Mac and Paul Weller.

George Ezra performing live at the ‘Burberry brings London to Shanghai’ event. Photo: Supplied

“Music has influenced me profoundly from a very young age and has always been an emotive companion in my life,” says Bailey.

“This passion has resulted in me having a wide and varying taste in music with a particular love for British artists, both new and old. It is something I go back to constantly as a source of inspiration – from providing the soundscapes to our shows, to live performances at our events, to recording music videos of the newest musicians at the very beginning of their careers.”

Models walk around Alison Moyet and orchestra. Photo: Supplied

“Seventeen Years of Soundtracks’ is the perfect way to celebrate the incredible roster of musicians that have helped shape my time at Burberry, be it directly through exclusive recordings, or through lending their songs as the backdrop to our experiences.

Benjamin Clementine performing live at the Burberry Menswear January 2016 Show. Photo: Supplied

“This patchwork of tracks is a musical tribute to Burberry’s past, present and future, which I hope will not only introduce new music to audiences but also allow for some musical rediscovery.”

Listen to the whole list on Apple Music here.
(Lead images: Alison Moyet performing live at the Burberry Womenswear 2016 Photo: Supplied)

Published 08 February, 2018