‘The thin red line’ is for those who stand their ground, a sartorial symbol of defiance.
Based on the traditional Oxbridge academic scarf, and produced by official Cambridge University outfitter, Ryder & Amies. Presented in a rigid lined presentation box with foil-block print, the scarf is embroidered with the words ‘there is no retreat from here’.
The scarf embodies the form of a thin red line, and the embroidered motto refers to the origins of the title. The phrase ‘the thin red line’ derives from the Crimean War, when during the Battle of Balaclava on 25th October 1854 the heavily depleted British Army’s 93rd regiment faced a Russian cavalry charge with a line of men only two deep instead of the conventional four. The soldiers were led by Sir Colin Campbell, who is said to have told his men ’There is no retreat from here, men. You must die where you stand’.
Edition of 25
Proceeds from this edition are split equally between the artist and the Zabludowicz Collection Interaction Programme.