A brief history of the coat
The coat, in fact is an outer garment that envelops the body and protects it from the wind, rain and cold. For many centuries, woolen fabrics were ideally used in its manufacture. Only in more recent times, with the invention of new fibres, more modern, multifunctional materials have been used.
During the XIV century in Italy, a draped coat-dress that was still ankle-length was worn. It became shorter and fuller during the fifteenth. Lined and with fur, it made the cloaks that had been worn till then redundant. In XV century in Spain was worn an outer garment similar to a cloak, which was fastend in the front and lined with a thin layer of fur.
Prior to the XVIII century, a cape that covered the whole body was worn, while the shape of today’s coats resembles a long sleeved garment that follows the line of the body and can be buttoned in the front.