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Fashion Fact: The Trench Coat Was Invented for Soldiers

Fashion Fact: The Trench Coat Was Invented for Soldiers

By Alexandra SUHNER ISENBERG

Editor-at-Large

March 28, 2011 - The trench coat was invented for soldiers.


But most of us knew that, the word "trench" is a bit of a giveaway. The interesting debate around the invention of the trench coat is which brand is responsible? Burberry and Aquascutum both claim to have "invented" the trench coat, however Aquascutum's design dates back to 1850, whereas Burberry's first trench was in 1901.

Thomas Burberry invented gabardine in 1880, the fabric used to construct most trench coats. Gabardine is very tightly woven fabric, and therefore repels rain...read more


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