Stella McCartney gets Gwyneth Paltrow and Keira Knightley to model Comic Relief T-shirts

by Hilary Alexander, Daily Telegraph, 02 Feb 2009

Stella McCartney has designed a range of limited edition T-shirts for Comic Relief that feature unique photographs taken by her late mother, Linda.

One of the T-shirts features an image of her father, Sir Paul McCartney and his bandmates taken at the height of The Beatles’ fame.

Another shows Morecambe and Wise, the comic duo, captured by David Bailey, the veteran photographer.

One important addition has been made to the original photos, however; all their subjects have been given red noses.

Making it even more of a family affair, a host of celebrities and friends of the fashion designer, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightley, Claudia Schiffer and Sam Taylor-Wood, have been photographed by her sister, Mary McCartney, wearing the T-shirts.

The T-shirts, priced from £5.99 for babies and children, and from £9.99 for adults, will go on sale on Monday at 214 TK Maxx stores nationwide, and on the web at the Red Nose Day online shop, with all net profits from sales going to Comic Relief ahead of Red Nose Day on March 13.

Its charitable activities range from supporting orphans in Africa who have lost their parents to Aids or helping older people in the UK who are abused by someone they should be able to trust.

Miss McCartney said: “It’s a real honour to be involved in such a tremendous cause and be a part of the Red Nose Day campaign 2009. The designs of the T-shirts were inspired by iconic images of iconic people by iconic photographers and adding an element of humour to them.”

In line with her beliefs, the T-shirts are manufactured in Africa, using 100% Fairtrade-certified organic cotton co-operatives in Senegal, ensuring a pesticide and GM-free product at a fair price to farmers in developing countries.

Stella McCartney T-Shirts

The T-Shirts are manufactured in Africa using 100% Fairtrade certified organic cotton.
This adult short-sleeved T-shirt features Linda McCartney’s wonderful photograph of The Beatles.

The sizes are all unisex, so please check our size guide before you order.

Available from the Red Nose Day Shop and TK Maxx


Partner - TK Maxx

Thanks to TK Maxx for helping to develop and supply this fabulous range of T-shirts for Red Nose Day 2009.

Partner - Fairtrade

The T-shirts have been wholly manufactured in Africa. 100% of the cotton has been sourced from organic Fairtrade certified cotton co-operatives in Senegal, which ensures gorgeous, pesticide and GM free cotton and a fair price for farmers in developing countries.

Red Nose Day 



In schools, offices and homes across the land, everyone wears – you’ve guessed it – the latest Red Nose and does whatever tickles their fancy to raise cash. You name it, they do it! From sponsored kissathons and flamboyant fancy dress to gungetastic trials and naked pole vaulting. Ok, we made the last one up.

Red Nose Day culminates in a night of hilarious comedy and moving documentary films on BBC One – it’s a night when the only place to be is right in front of the TV screen.

All this funny business unites the whole nation in trying to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people living in abject poverty, or facing terrible injustice, both across Africa and in the UK. Find out how your money helps right here.

Don’t forget, Red Nose Day 2009 is coming your way on Friday 13 March and, whatever you do, Do Something Funny for Money!