Arsenal footballers wearing animal print kits

Stella McCartney designs leopard-print football kit for Arsenal

British designer Stella McCartney has collaborated with sportswear brand Adidas to create a leopard-print football kit for English club Arsenal's women's team.

Set to debut at tomorrow's women's team match, the pre-match shirt will be worn by players before games at home for the rest of the 2021/22 FA Women's Super League season. The men's team will wear the shirt once ahead of their Premier League match at Crystal Palace on 4 April.

Two women playing football in Stella McCartney for Adidas kits
Stella McCartney and Adidas have created a leopard print football kit

The pre-match shirts form part of a 10-piece clothing collection for Arsenal that includes hoodies and leggings for women in an eye-catching animal print.

It is the first time since McCartney began working with Adidas in 2005 that she has designed a kit for a women's football team.

Two professional Arsenal players wearing white and blue hoodies
It is designed to celebrate female players

"As the most decorated English women's football club, Arsenal Women is made up of incredible athletes, so to be able to celebrate them – especially in a year that is so pivotal for women in sport – is incredibly special," said McCartney.

"We're so excited to continue our journey into the world of football by creating our first travel wear collection for a team."

Ian Wright wearing a colourful football jersey
The shirt was designed to be unisex

Across the collection, the distinctive "mystery blue" and "scarlet red" colours of the Arsenal club can be seen in a large leopard print pattern – a pattern historically associated with female prowess and a staple pattern in McCartney's oeuvre.

McCartney, who also created the outfits for the GB team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, hopes that the colours and print tie the fashion and football industries together.

Adidas and Stella McCartney Arsenal women's football kits
It is adorned with the Adidas logo and the club's crest

"I love that we have fused statement leopard print – an iconic Adidas by Stella McCartney graphic – with distinctive colours to truly bring the two worlds of fashion and football together in an authentic way," added McCarney.

"We hope this collection inspires both current and the future generations of athletes as they make their mark on and off the pitch," she said.

The shirts were made from a mix of organic cotton and recycled materials.

The club's crest was embroidered on the left-hand side of the chest above the "Emirates fly better" logo, with the Adidas and Stella McCartney logo on the right-hand side of the shirt.

Two women wearing red and blue sportswear
McCartney used colours traditionally associated with Arsenal

Alongside the sports apparel, McCartney has redesigned Adidas' female football boot, the Ultraboost 22 in an exclusive colourway.

The kits continue McCartney's move into the world of football, following the release of its Predator Freak vegan football boot last year.

A football hoody and shirt on a pitch
She hopes the eye-catching print will unite fashion and football

The range will be available in a limited quantity from 28 March 2022.

Previous collaborations between Adidas and McCartney include a tennis dress made with a lab-grown vegan spidery silk that can "fully biodegrade" and an updated version of the Ultra Boost trainer that features an upper made with sea-bound Parley Ocean Plastic.

The photography is courtesy of Adidas.

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Adidas and Stella McCartney Arsenal women's football kits
Adidas and Stella McCartney Arsenal women's football kits
Adidas and Stella McCartney Arsenal women's football kits
Adidas and Stella McCartney Arsenal women's football kits
Adidas and Stella McCartney Arsenal women's football kits
Adidas and Stella McCartney Arsenal women's football kits