When we think of history, many of us do not associate war, trade and longevity with fashion. Though, for someone who follows and admires the industry, like myself, I have found that many of our historical and economical ties revolve somewhat around fashion.
Suede, velvet, and cotton all have historical backgrounds whether it was Marie Antoinette’s excessive dresses or the cotton trade, or the Industrial Revolution and what it meant for production of fashion houses and the boom of department stores.
I decided to do my small powerpoint project on the history of the British fashion label, Burberry. The iconic trench was first worn by soliders in the British army, then made famous by actors and actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, and in 2012, it is still one of the most coveted items by the wealthy and fashion forward.
Here is a glimpse of how this one piece has transitioned through history and continues to sustain popularity, after over 150 years in the public eye.