Reimagining the Burberry trench coat: Woolmark Australian wool meets British tradition

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Explore the story of designer Burberry from the UK and find out how they created their look for The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, 2018.  

The Exchange: UK
For The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange 2018, Burberry reimagined their famous trench coat. The look was unveiled at Buckingham Palace on February 19, 2018, and later moved to the Australian High Commission, London, where it was open to the public in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit, April 2018.
UK: Designer Burberry
Founded in 1856, Burberry is a global luxury fashion house with a distinctive British identity. Heritage, craftsmanship and innovation are at the heart of the Burberry story, as embodied by the iconic trench coat, which over the years has been continuously reinterpreted, be it through fabric, colours or lengths.
The story behind the look
Burberry has designed a look created using the highest quality Australian Merino wool to create a reimagined trench coat. 

Illustration of the look

Source of materials

The cotton lining for this trench is sourced through a supplier who like Burberry, are proud members of the Better Cotton Initiative which exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, the environment it grows in, the sector’s future.

The woollen trousers

The trench coat is accompanied by woollen trousers made with Oeko-Tex certified yarns.

The knitwear

The knitwear was created with non-mulesed wool.

Suppliers and Manufacturers

The suppliers and manufacturers involved in creating the look are also part of Burberry’s vendor ownership programme which is a capacity building and training programme enabling them to manage the ethical performance of their downstream supply chain. In addition these partners are also involved in Burberry’s chemical management programme.

Final look on display at Buckingham Palace, 19 February 2018

Final look on display at the Australian High Commission, London, 22 February 2018

Credits: Story

This content has been specifically curated for the Google Arts & Culture platform on behalf of the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange exhibition that launched on the 19th of February at Buckingham Palace in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM.

The project, created and managed by Eco-Age, with the support of The Commonwealth Fashion Council and The British Fashion Council.

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