Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Paul Pogba showcase new adidas shirt collection as music artist Pharrell Williams helps recreate iconic jerseys for Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus
- Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid teamed up with adidas and music artist Pharrell Williams to re-imagine their old shirts
- United saw their blue and white 1990-92 away kit repurposed for the project
- Arsenal’s iconic ‘bruised banana’ away jersey was given a hand-painted look
- Juventus will wear the newly-designed shirt against Hellas Verona on Sunday
Arsenal and Manchester United are among five teams to have have old jerseys reimagined in a new collection by music artist Pharrell Williams.
Williams, creative director of Humanrace, has taken some of the club’s famous shirts in recent decades and has repurposed them in a hand-painted design.
Fusing art and football, Paul Pogba and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were among the players to show off the striking designs at its launch.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed off an interpretation of Arsenal’s ‘bruised banana’ shirt
Paul Pogba modelled Manchester United’s new design – based on their 1990-92 away kit – while Serge Gnabry showed off the shirt European champions Bayern Munich will wear
A key part of the collection, particularly for the reinvention of Arsenal’s ‘bruised banana’ shirt, is the tie-dye approach fusing together blue and yellow.
The ‘bruised banana’ jersey rose to prominence in the 1991-3 seasons and the reinvention in collaboration with adidas for Arsenal’s design includes a hand-drawn crest.
For Manchester United, the remixed shirt was born from the club’s iconic snowflake blue and white print – first seen on the 1990-92 away kit.
The repurposed United shirt has factored in the original’s blue and white snowflake design
Juventus will wear their artistic pink shirt against Hellas Verona in Serie A on October 25
The shirt’s design paid homage to Manchester’s famous house music scene in the late 1980s.
Keen to retain as much of that legacy as possible, Williams and adidas used a tie-dye effect to create a modern-day version of the iconic pattern.
Williams said: ‘History is what shapes the future, and sometimes in order to look forwards, first we need to look back.
‘The most important part of the process with this collection was to learn of each club’s legacies and how each defining moment of their histories were captured and preserved from a design perspective.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos showcased adidas’ reincarnation of their monochrome shirt
‘Each of the new jerseys are symbols of the five club’s legacies and a true celebration of the universality of sport.’
Juventus players are set to don the kit against Hellas Verona on Sunday at the Allianz Stadium.
The design for the Italian champions focused on the 2014-15 pink shirt, the first delivered by adidas in their partnership with Juventus.
It was a shirt worn in a season when the club won the domestic Treble and is seen in Turin as holding extra significance.
Music artist and fashion designer Pharrell Williams was a co-collaborator on this shirt project
Ian Wright wore Arsenal’s famous yellow top during the early 90s and it is popular with fans
Real Madrid’s black and grey jersey saw the original include a king’s dragon – a mythical creature said to symbolise glory, honour, greatness, and speed – and a bird print, against monochromatic black.
Arsenal and United will wear the shirts during a warm up from the weekend of October 24. Real Madrid will also showcase their shirt during an upcoming pre-match warm-up.
Champions League holders Bayern Munich are set to wear theirs in the next knockout game of a domestic cup.
The jerseys are available for purchase from October 23 at adidas.co.uk/football-jerseys
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