The Burberry House, one of the United Kingdoms largest brands
The Burberry House, one of the United Kingdoms largest brands of high end clothing, was founded by Thomas Burberry, who began his fashion career by making weatherproof garments. In 1879, Burberry invented an innovative new fabric called Gabardine, a tightly woven fabric, and patented it eleven years later. Gabardine was originally a waterproof textile used to make outerwear worn by polar explorers. It was soon recognized that Gabardine could serve more ordinary purposes.
Gabardine is typically worsted wool, cotton, polyester, or a blend of the aforementioned fibers. Its most easily recognized by it's prominent diagonal ribbing on the surface and smooth grain on the back. Burberry began using Gabardine to make mens suits, trousers, uniforms, overcoats, and other forms of outerwear, as Gabardine is highly durable, despite being a dry clean only fabric.
By the 1950s, Gabardine was being widely used to fabricate colorfully patterned casual wear, such as jackets, trousers, and suits for both men and women. A particular garment, known as the weekender jacket, is highly sought after even today in current rockabilly subcultures. Gabardine remains an important advancement in fashion and utility textiles, especially for vintage fashion collectors.
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Posted in Design Post Date 08/30/2015