On its way to becoming iconic – and if there is one piece of clothing that this word applies to, then it is this one – the Burberry trench coat first had to become famous. That happened at the latest in 1942 with Humphrey Bogart standing on the airfield in Casablanca, saying “Here’s looking at you, kid,” the rain beading down on his trench coat. (The actual coat worn by Bogart in the promotional pictures for the film sold for $10,000 at auction in 2005.) In 1955 Burberry was granted a Royal Warrant as a weatherproofer by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which further contributed to the brand’s fame. In 1960 Marilyn Monroe wore a trench coat in Let’s Make Love, and a year later, both Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard wore one in the rain scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Alain Delon wore a Burberry in Le Samouraï in 1967, Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979, Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street in 1987 – the list goes on and on. Just one more thing, to set the record straight: Columbo’s rumpled beige raincoat is from the Spanish brand Cortefiel, Germany’s Derrick, on the other hand, wore a genuine Burberry. But this is only to prove a point: the trench coat, like no other item of clothing, combines conservatism and extravagance, nobility and punk – despite (or precisely because of) the fact that it began life as a sort of uniform.