The Tale of Thomas Burberry
Discover The Tale of Thomas Burberry, 160 years in the making
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Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Dominic West and Lily James, and directed by Asif Kapadia
Thomas Burberry began the company at the age of 21 and in 1879 invented gabardine – the fabric with which our signature trench coat is made today
Starring Sienna Miller as Thomas’s fictional first love Sara, wearing a selection of custom Burberry products
A pioneering spirit
Dominic West as acclaimed polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, dressed in the innovative fabric gabardine for three expeditions, with the film focusing on Shackleton’s Endurance expedition in 1914.
Shot over six days in England, with the screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Matt Charman. Sets from the film, including Thomas Burberry’s workshop, were inspired by archive materials.
Daring and determined
Lily James as Betty, a character inspired by the real-life achievements of pilot Betty Kirby-Green, who in 1937 completed a record-breaking round trip from England to Cape Town in ’The Burberry’ plane.