The Trench Book - The trench is no mere raincoat. What began as a military staple in the mid 1800s has become a cornerstone of the 21st century wardrobe, striking an enviable balance between form and function. Its straight-forward, structured design captures the essence of the individual, from the mystique of a private investigator's coat, the sinister allure of a leather trench, or the seduction of a belted sheath with nothing underneath. The Trench Book explores the evolution of this outerwear icon through the pages of history, the legends of film, and the tastemakers of fashion. A richly illustrated tour through high society, old Hollywood, catwalks, and street cafes, The Trench Book serves as a unique timeline of one perfect coat.