The trench coat appears as a military garment more than 100 years ago by Thomas Burberry. Its strength, impermeability and comfort make the trench coat a very versatile piece. In addition, Burberry added definitive details that originally aimed to secure essential materials in the trenches such as grenades, maps, binoculars or water bottles. All these features made the trench coat the perfect protection element for use in the trenches, hence its name.
Trench gains popularity
However, it wasn’t until the 1940s that trench coat began to become popular as a desired piece within London’s high society. This change was driven mainly by the film industry. Films such as Casablanca or Singing in the Rain brought popularity to this garment, which today is one of the most versatile pieces of our wardrobe.
We review this phenomenon that brought the iconic trench coat from the trenches to street style.
- 1942. Casablanca premieres. The protagonist, Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, will enter the collective imaginary with a trench at the end of the film.
- In 1952 it premieres Singing in the rain, whose protagonist, Gene Kelly of course, wears a trench.
- Audrey Hepburn wears a trench at Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Year 1961.
- In modern cinema we have been able to see characters like Neo in Matrix, who also make use of this garment. We also saw Michael Keaton flying over New York in Birdman, a role for which he will won an Oscar.
On the other hand, trench coat has been a vital part of the creation of many film and television characters such as Harpo Marx and all kind of spies, inspectors and secret agents as important as Clouseau or Inspector Gadget.
The trench coat today
Since then, the trench coat has reached the status of classic and this has also led it to be performed many times over the decades. Many of these post-original models have moved away from the original military style by dyeing in multiple colors, varying many of their characteristics and using various materials and prints, challenging the original objective of the garment, which is none other than waterproofing.
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