Since the first Burberry trench appeared in film, this icon of style and fashion has been utilised time and time again to symbolise moments of power, sorrow, corruption and seduction.

In the hands of some very clever wardrobe designers, the iconic trench has embodied film characters that we love – and love to hate.

Think of Marlene Dietrich in the 1948 film Foreign Affair where her alluring but treacherous character’s black trench was tightly belted around her waist. In the 1957 film Pal Joey, Kim Novak is demure and prim in her trench as the naive chorus girl smitten with a womaniser played by Frank Sinatra.  Then there is the perfect pairing of trench coat and black beret worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1960 film Let’s Make Love.  Or who can forget the fabulous black patent trench worn by Catherine Deneuve in Belle Du Jour.

Perhaps one of the most iconic film moments of all time is the final scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s when love conquers all in a rain-soaked trench worn by Audrey Hepburn.  Fast forward to modern-day moments in films to show evil and power with Daryl Hannah’s trench and eye patch in Kill Bill or don’t mess with Olivia Pope in her red leather trench in the series Scandal.

Whatever your favourite trench moment on film may be, there is no doubt that this style icon has many more on-screen – and off – moments to come.

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