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Inspired by comic

Beetle Bailey, the lead character in the American comic strip by the same name — set in a fictitious US Army military post — is the inspiration behind a new collection of limited-edition designer duds.

entertainment Updated: Jan 08, 2011 01:46 IST

Beetle Bailey, the lead character in the American comic strip by the same name — set in a fictitious US Army military post — is the inspiration behind a new collection of limited-edition designer duds. Beetle Bailey will get the red carpet treatment next week, when a line of clothing and accessories bearing his imprint will be unveiled at apparel trade show Project New York.



Working in conjunction with King Features Syndicate, designers Darren Romanelli and Hitoshi Tsujimoto have come together to develop an Americana-inspired and military-infused collection of jackets, sweaters, T-shirts, hats, shoes, pants and bags. “It’s an Americana type of clothing line. It’s real clothes that people wear,” Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker said.



Such garments are not uncommon sights on fashion runways. But it won’t be all fashion for Beetle and Walker, whose tale of a college student-turned-Army private has been running in the newspapers since 1950. Besides, the debut of Romanelli and Tsujimoto's designs, a retrospective of Walker's career drawing and writing about Beetle Bailey and the denizens of Camp Swampy will also be on display.