Woman's Ensemble: Coat, Top, Skirt, Belt, Socks, Sandals, Necklace, and Bracelet

Label Burberry Prorsum, England, founded 1998. Designed by Christopher Bailey, English, born 1971.

Made in Italy, Europe

Spring 2009

Cotton/silk/polyester/metallic complex weave; silk blend knit; silk crepe and silk petersham ribbon; leather and metal; black synthetic knit; leather and wood; pewter lacquered metal

Jacket (Length): 41 1/4 inches (104.8 cm) Top (Length): 28 1/4 inches (71.8 cm) Skirt (Length): 25 inches (63.5 cm) Belt (Length): 30 1/2 inches (77.5 cm) Sandals (Each): 9 x 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches (22.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm) Necklace (Length): 39 inches (99.1 cm) Bracelet (Circumference): 10 3/4 inches (27.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Burberry Prorsum in honor of Tom Marotta, 2009

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The Latin word prorsum, meaning "forward," which has appeared on Burberry's equestrian trademark since 1901, was chosen as the name for the venerable British company's contemporary line. Burberry Prorsum designs often tap the company's rich heritage, referencing especially the iconic trench coat, which Burberry has made for over a hundred years. Here, designer Christopher Bailey has reinvented the trench coat in glittering metallic floral, and teamed it with a delicate top and skirt. The complete ensemble offsets any fragility with a heavy metal necklace and bracelet, gathered leather belt, and high-heeled platform sandals worn over scrunched black socks.