Tales of a Trench Coat

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A few days ago my High School Art teacher messages me about the “Tales of a Trench Coat” exhibition in Chadstone Shopping Center. I first heard about it being showcased in Singapore’s Burberry store last month and I had a  gut feeling its next stop would be in either Sydney or Melbourne. Well, thank goodness the Chadstone Burberry store got renovated in Melbourne because it’s a good excuse to host this exhibition on its opening day last week! The installation is fixed with the store’s space and is only on for a period of time (21st May) before it gets taken down and replaced with Burberry goods.

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As soon as I walked into the store, I was already paranoid of knocking over the mannequins and creating a messy domino effect. It doesn’t help that it’s in an open space and they stand on tiny platforms. I finally witnessed the trench coat Emma Watson wore during the 2010 Spring/Summer Burberry campaign and that was the exact time I was first consumed by Burberry aesthetics.

 

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Some things you’ll see and learn is that Ernest Shackleton wore Burberry on his fleets, which I didn’t know about until now. There’s a workbench and cardboard patterns on display along with heavy duty tools to craft the proper trench. Looking at the patterns took me back in time 6 years ago to my last year of high school making the trench coat. All the pieces were so familiar because during my research that year, I made sure my cutouts matched Burberry’s.

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Would I make a trench again? No. Would I design one? Of course, I’d design many and in my head, I still think about new designs that could work on a trench today. Thanks Thomas Burberry, after experiencing making a trench coat I do feel your craftsmanship is unparalleled.

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