Show Media is pleased to have brought together two of London’s most stylish residents – internationally acclaimed model David Gandy and Shaun the Sheep. To celebrate the Shaun in the City London art trail, David Gandy designed a bespoke suit for Shaun, featuring a rich British wool tweed design, based on a bespoke suit David owns.
David Gandy tells us about his involvement: ‘I have always been a huge fan of Aardman and Nick Park animations and wanted to take part in the Shaun in the City project – not only is it a great way to raise money and awareness for Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, but what better way to showcase the best of British style and the importance of tailoring heritage? My Shaun wears a suit that is an exact replica of one I own, by Savile Row tailors Henry Poole, in a woollen tweed from Yorkshire. I wanted Shaun in British sartorial tailoring, to support the heritage of British manufacturing and industry, and so it is appropriate he is wearing British wool! His location here at One New Change, a 21st-century building in the heart of the City, opposite Saint Paul’s, seems to perfectly symbolise the way London – and London fashion in particular – combines the best of traditional and contemporary.’
Nick Park of Aardman Animations, creator of Shaun the Sheep, says: ‘The Shaun in the City trail means so much to me. This opportunity to bring an arts trail to life with Gromit’s pal Shaun the Sheep is baa-rilliant! Shaun is such a well-loved character with fans all over the world. He will add such colour to our streets and I am sure many will flock to the City to be part of the fun. I am particularly looking forward to working with so many talented artists and seeing how they will use Shaun as their canvas!’
Shaun in the City will see a total of 120 Shaun sculptures decorated by famous artists, designers and celebrities and then placed in iconic locations and green spaces across London (28 March – 25 May 2015) and Bristol (6 July – 31 August 2015). The trails will culminate in a public exhibition and charity auction in autumn 2015.