Burberry’s Christopher Bailey Releases A Playlist On Apple Music

17 years worth of Burberry-related music for your listening pleasure

BY Asri Jasman | Feb 12, 2018 | News

Paloma Faith performing for Burberry Prorsum's womenswear fall/winter 2014 show

It’s no mean feat being at the creative helm of a fashion house for more than a decade. For Christopher Bailey, it’s especially remarkable seeing how Burberry is not one that he founded or has familial ties to.

Bailey’s contributions at Burberry have not just been restricted to fashion design. In 2010, Burberry Acoustic was launched as a platform to showcase and celebrate some of Britain’s most exciting emerging and established musicians. Aside from getting these talents to perform exclusive acoustic versions of their original compositions, Bailey began tapping them for Burberry’s seasonal runway shows. 

It began with the women’s fall/winter 2013 runway show: the backdrop parted midway through the show to reveal singer-songwriter Tom Odell, and a small band of musicians and backup singers, as they performed live till the end. From then on, Burberry continued to incorporate live music into its runway presentations. And at the same time, allowed relative unknowns achieve mainstream appeal and success. To celebrate the music that has been part of Christopher Bailey’s career at Burberry, he has curated an extensive playlist that’s available only on Apple Music.

17 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. 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,” expressed Bailey in an official statement released.

James Bay performing live at Burberry Prorsum's womenswear spring/summer 2015 show

We’re not kidding when we say that the curation is extensive. There are 200 songs ranging from the super emotive (Benjamin Clementine’s ‘I Won’t Complain’) to Zouk’s Mambo Jumbo guilty pleasures (Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Go West’). That means there's about 12 hours of music; enough to last you through a flight to London. The playlist also features exclusive live versions of songs performed on various Burberry platforms, including Burberry Acoustic. If you’ve always preferred RHODES’ haunting version of ‘Raise Your Love’, which he performed for the women’s fall/winter 2014 runway, you can now listen to it wherever you are.

The playlist will end with the addition of songs that will be the soundtrack to Christopher Bailey’s final collection for Burberry, happening on 18 February 2018 at 1am (Singapore time). A befitting swansong for someone whose musical taste is just as eclectic as his fashion designs.

17 Years of Soundtracks is exclusively available on Apple Music.