by Aleksandra Apelić

Topcoat – a piece for all time

November 27 2016

When we say a raincoat we mean the so called trend code of the fashion house “Burberry”. A story of the fashion empire begins in 1856 when Thomas Burberry invented an especially dense fabric and waterproof fabric that he called gabardine, and then made his first balloon – coat out of it. In England, one of the countries with the most rainy days in the year, such clothing was primarily intended for farmers, who are most exposed to the cold and rainy weather. In 1891 Burberry opened a clothing store in London, initially intended only for rain, and somewhat later in Paris, too. Soon, the word spread about the excellent characteristics of this fabric and thus came the first large order of raincoats for the British army.

We owe most gratitude for the popularity of balloon coats among women to the movie divas Marlene Dietrich and Sophia Loren. It had the greatest popularity in the fifties when famous Hollywood stars wore it over their toilets such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.


Even today, the top coat is a favorite piece of clothing to many ladies for several reasons, but primarily because it is practical. What is always trendy are classic designs, slightly fitted at the waist, knee-length, as well as symmetric and asymmetric double breasted coats.  Also, very popular are wider models with wide sleeves, which are worn with elegant and more casual clothing combinations, but also those resembling the A-line dresses.



Author of text: Aleksandra Apelić


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