The evolution of the trench coat from an army essential to a fashion compliment

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History of the Trench Coat

Thomas Burberry invented “gabardine” in 1879. This was a waterproof twill fabric that was also breathable, from this material the Trench coat was designed to protect from wind and rain. They were not the warmest however they were made in large sizes so that warmer layers could be worn by the soldiers underneath. It was lighter than the greatcoats, easier o move in and offered a great many uses. After the War the officers grew attached to their coats and started using then in their daily lives and that was the introduction of Trench in the civilian life.

The Trench in Hollywood as a Fashion Item

In the golden age of Hollywood the trench was seen in various films, being worn by stars of the silver screen. Detectives, gangsters, femme fatales and leading men and women could be seen wearing the iconic garment. In 1941’s Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart wore an Aquascutum Kingsway trench. Similarly leading ladies such as Meryl Streep and Audrey Hepburn were also dressed in the alluring coats.

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The Trench Coat Today

Today, the trench remains an iconic garment that can be seen almost every year in various collections of designers all over the world. During the 1990’s, Burberry relaunched the trench in bright colours, prints, and fabric details ranging from lace and satin to python skin. A coat which was once limited to the colours of camouflage; khaki, beige and black, has now become a canvas for designers imagination worldwide.

The Heimat Trench Dress

The Heimat trench is an adaption of the classic trench coat. Made from Tencel viscose, it is exquisitely soft and pleasant to the skin apart from being made by environmentally responsible processes from the sustainably sourced natural raw material wood. The trench as we knew it from history is no more just a functional coat, but a wardrobe essential. You can wear the Heimat trench as a dress or throw it over an outfit to add another layer. The embroidery at the back is a conversation starter.

History of the Trench Coat

Thomas Burberry invented “gabardine” in 1879. This was a waterproof twill fabric that was also breathable, from this material the Trench coat was designed to protect from wind and rain. They were not the warmest however they were made in large sizes so that warmer layers could be worn by the soldiers underneath. It was lighter than the greatcoats, easier o move in and offered a great many uses. After the War the officers grew attached to their coats and started using then in their daily lives and that was the introduction of Trench in the civilian life.

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The Trench in Hollywood as a Fashion Item

In the golden age of Hollywood the trench was seen in various films, being worn by stars of the silver screen. Detectives, gangsters, femme fatales and leading men and women could be seen wearing the iconic garment. In 1941’s Maltese Falcon, Humphrey Bogart wore an Aquascutum Kingsway trench. Similarly leading ladies such as Meryl Streep and Audrey Hepburn were also dressed in the alluring coats.

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The Trench Coat Today

Today, the trench remains an iconic garment that can be seen almost every year in various collections of designers all over the world. During the 1990’s, Burberry relaunched the trench in bright colours, prints, and fabric details ranging from lace and satin to python skin. A coat which was once limited to the colours of camouflage; khaki, beige and black, has now become a canvas for designers imagination worldwide.

The Heimat Trench Dress

The Heimat trench is an adaption of the classic trench coat. Made from Tencel viscose, it is exquisitely soft and pleasant to the skin apart from being made by environmentally responsible processes from the sustainably sourced natural raw material wood. The trench as we knew it from history is no more just a functional coat, but a wardrobe essential. You can wear the Heimat trench as a dress or throw it over an outfit to add another layer. The embroidery at the back is a conversation starter.