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Burberry Cropped Silver metallic Python Cape Spring 2013 Runway

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Burberry is credited with inventing the trench coat and, now under the direction of Christopher Bailey, reinventing it—as perfectly exemplified in this cape tailored from gorgeous metallic python. The shiny silver topper is a brilliant riff on the storm flap, the utilitarian layer added onto the original trench coat design during WWI after officers complained rain was running down their shoulders and seeping into their clothes. The functional element endured until Bailey opted to make it into a fashionable one, pulling it off the jacket so you can mix and match it with just about anything—from outerwear to an acid green shift dress, which is how he introduced it in his spring 2013 runway show. A hook closure at the spread collar makes for easy on and off, while seaming at the front and back ensures an elegant silhouette that, yes, still could keep a spring shower from drizzling onto your ensemble. Measurements Size: 34 Length in front (from shoulder to bottom): 10 inches Length in back (from top of collar to bottom): 11.5 inches Shoulders: 15 inches This Burberry Prorsum cape from the spring 2013 collection is in excellent condition. It is crafted from shiny silver python. It features a spread collar with a hook closure at its base for easy on and off. It is tailored with princess seams at the front and raglan seams at the back for a streamlined silhouette that angles out over the shoulders. Its interior is finished with a black satin lining, gunmetal chain loop for hanging and a Burberry label. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.


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    Marked Size: 34 (EU)
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    cape (In the Style Of)
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  • Material Notes
    Python, Metallic, Silver
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    Boca Raton, FL
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    1stDibs: LU7301148432

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Universally renowned for its trench coats, jackets, footwear, leather goods and other accessories, luxury British fashion house Burberry has undergone several transformations since its inception in the 19th century.

When the 21-year-old apprentice draper Thomas Burberry (1835–1926) opened a small clothing outfitter in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in 1856, he catered to the needs of the local population, focusing on weatherproof clothing designed for outdoor activities like hunting, riding and fishing. Building on his success, Burberry researched more fabrics that would be suitable for these country pursuits. In 1888, he patented gabardine, a durable, breathable fabric that was ready for any British weather. The material was groundbreaking for rainwear, which previously had been bulky and heavy. Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen wore it on his 1893 North Pole expedition and Burberry later outfitted Sir Ernest Shackleton on his Antarctic expeditions. These high-profile demonstrations of its design for extreme conditions fueled Burberry’s growth as a trusted brand.

The Tielocken coat — a forerunner to the trench coat — was patented in 1912, featuring just a button at the collar and a single strap. Higher-ranking British officers during World War I donned trench coats designed by the likes of Burberry, Aquascutum and other firms. The design of Burberry’s classic trench demonstrated a consideration of the demand for both weather protection and function on the battlefield, with every element having its purpose, whether it was the epaulets for an officer’s rank or the gun flap at the breast. When the now-familiar check — a plaid check with black, white and red stripes on a background of beige — was added as a lining during the 1920s, a fashion icon was born. Scarves and other items featuring the pattern rendered the Burberry plaid an instantly recognizable hallmark of the house around the globe.

The brand continued to gain popularity throughout the 20th century, but by the 1990s, it was in dire need of a refresh. By the time Christopher Bailey was named design director at Burberry in 2001, the check was so ubiquitous through rampant knockoffs that it had become a reference for kitsch rather than quality.

Drawing on its heritage of craftsmanship with a new streetwear edge, Bailey helped rebuild Burberry’s relevance as a reputable fashion brand. Key to this reimagining was developing an understanding of how to democratically market high-end luxury fashion. Milestones in this regard materialized in 2010, when Burberry became the first brand to livestream a fashion show (and did so using 3D technology), and in 2020, when the house brought its London Fashion Week presentation to Twitch, a popular American livestreaming service. The international visibility brought with it renewed interest in the brand, which eventually revived its tartan after dropping it from many of its clothes, including in a 2018 collaboration with Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy that swathed shirts, dresses, coats and bags in the check.

Although tastes have changed, the signature trench coats that date back to Burberry’s beginnings remain at the brand’s core, with new fabrics and fits continuing to adapt this British style classic to contemporary trends.

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