Spring 2005 Burberry Runway & Ad Campaign Blue & White Floral Print Full Cut Linen Trench Coat
In 2005, when this coat came out, it was an instant must have on everyone's wish list and the coat instantly sold out worldwide. Only a limited production was done of the coat and they are virtually impossible to find. They were so scarce and hard to find and so iconic that in 2018 Christopher Bailey was inspired by his own work and sent a tweaked version of the 2005 coat down the runway. For me this collection really marked the point where Christopher Bailey came into his own and really started to push and raise the bar with Burberry as a whole. Vogue's Sarah Mower said in her review; 'Accolades go to Christopher Bailey for being one of those rare young designers who can orchestrate the components of a collection—clothes, accessories, brand identity—and infuse it all with a sense of lightness, as well as originality. At Burberry, he said, "the whole thing is to look as if you've just thrown it on". This coat was mentioned in particular; 'Take Bailey's constant reinvention of the iconic trench: Now, it's a puff-sleeved smock' and on the print; 'Bailey makes sure to add in some Britishness; this season, with Wedgwood blue-and-white and Clarice Cliff Deco ceramics for print inspiration'. On the runway its twin was shown belted on the beautiful Gemma Ward and was presented for look #6 in the show
The coat is a play on a trench coat. It has some the classic trench coat elements to it but Bailey has played with the proportions and cut the coat to have a far more dramatic smocked baby doll feeling silhouette. It sits across the upper shoulders with no defined seam there so it has a lovely drape. The rest of the coat swings out from there with remarkable fullness. Panels runs across the shoulders at the front and the back for that nod to the trench and they are held in place with big mixed gold metal buttons. More of the same buttons run down the front. The sleeves are cut wide and each ends in a very wide open feel. There is a low dropped seam at about the hip line and the bottom portion of the coat is set into place with series of soft gathers that give it even more volume. Top set pockets sit on either side of the hip. It does all the way up at the front and I think you could have it play double duty as a dress. It could easily be worn closed to pull this off and you could also belt it if you wanted more shape. The fabric is amazing. It is a high end linen that moves very well while still retaining its intended voluminous shape. The print is stunning and covers the entire coat. Scattered in and amongst the flowers is the Burberry name written out in script. It is a gorgeous piece. It looks to have never been worn or worn very little. Excellent condition.
Unlined and made from a logo embossed printed linen. It closes with the buttons at the front as shown. Tagged a size 42. It is meant to be oversized on the body. The loose and easy should fit a range of sizes
Shoulders: no defined seam
Bust: to23" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 43" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: SML-LRG
Reference Photos: (1-2) S/S 2005 Burberry Runway. Model: Gemma Ward. / (3) Karen Elson for S/S 2005 Burberry Ad Campaign. / (4) F/W 2018 Burberry Runway, Look 57, Model: Milena Ioanna. / (5) F/W 2018 Burberry.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.
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