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Frank Bellamy Thunderbirds art becomes a fashion statement 


Thunderbirds Art by Frank Bellamy, utilised for the Lou Dalton Thunderbirds range
Thunderbirds Art by Frank Bellamy, utilised for the Lou Dalton Thunderbirds range

Classic Thunderbirds art by Frank Bellamy from TV Century 21 comic is the inspiration for a large range of men’s fashion items from top designer Lou Dalton, on sale now.

Dig deep if you want to buy, though – the jumpers are on sale for £250 (about a third of what Bellamy was reportedly paid to draw a double page spread of the strip in 1965), t-shirts for £80 – and scarves for a trifling £120.

Trailed earlier this year, the Gerry Anderson show-inspired fashion, was in the catwalk in London June.

Lou Dalton Thunderbirds range selection

Lou Dalton Thunderbirds Jumper - 2015
Lou Dalton Thunderbirds Jumper

The range was developed to celebrate the Thunderbirds 50th anniversary, with the Fashion Innivation Agency bringing Thunderbirds owners ITV and menswear darling Lou Dalton for the London Collection Men’s Autumn/Winter 2015 event, which included Thunderbirds strips and the classic Thunderbirds countdown printed onto fine Merino wool knits.

“Bringing together ITV’s iconic Thunderbirds and one of London’s most influential Menswear designers has resulted in a collection that reflects the classic history of the Thunderbirds brand in a modern and restrained way,” said the head of FIA agency, Matthew Drinkwater.

Some fans of the original strips have asked why Frank Bellamy has not had a more visible credit for his work used in the range. In a statement, ITV state
ITV Ventures licensed Lou Dalton to use the artwork from the Thunderbirds classic TV series and comics, including the Frank Bellamy-drawn double spreads originally published in the TV Century 21 comic series in the mid-1960s. The digital images used for the reproductions are licensed by arrangement with Egmont UK Ltd, from their archive of the TV Century 21 original comic artwork. All reproduction rights in the Thunderbirds characters are owned by ITC Limited, a company wholly owned by ITV plc.

Lou Dalton has established herself as a starlet of British Menswear according to the British Fashion Council, generating a fever of excitement amongst those influential to showcasing British fashion talent. This support to date has manifested itself through awards from Fashion East and the BFC NEW GEN MAN. Her show has opened every season since London Collections: Men started in June 2012.

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(Thanks to artist Jonathan Wyke for the lead on this item)

John Freeman View All

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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