The world would have missed out on a classic wardrobe essential if it hadn’t been for the benchmark moments delivered by some of the most iconic celebrities on screen. Leather jackets, without a doubt, exude a distinct persona unlike any other outfit, and Hollywood celebrities are widely credited with influencing the introduction of the biker and bomber into our wardrobe. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous moments in the history of leather fashion.
1. Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is credited with being one of the actors who popularised leather jackets on the big screen. From the 1953 film “The Wild One,” his iconic look with the Perfecto leather jacket established the go-to uniform for a bad boy look. According to a few sources and the IMDB, the entire look was put together by Marlon Brando himself, reflecting his real-life passion for motorcycles, and the rest is history.
2. Tom Cruise
When Tom Cruise, a.k.a. Maverick, stole the show in Top Gun, he didn’t leave his military bomber G-1 jacket at home. The fur-lined leather jacket with military patches became popular among fans in the 1980s. These leather jackets were used as flight jackets by military personnel until Top Gun changed the public’s perception of them. G-1 jackets set the standard for future bomber styles, with fashion houses creating reimagined iterations and local shops replicating the design, and are still an iconic vintage-inspired look.
3. Olivia Newton
Olivia Newton’s leather jacket look in Grease made an indelible impression on pop culture. Sandy, Newton’s on-screen character, transforms from a shy girl to a rebellious girl in the film’s final scene. This look served as a focal point for all subsequent rebellious-woman looks.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rugged biker jacket in the movie, Terminator had all the right elements: pockets, metal zippers, a heavy buckle, a sleek fit, and, of course, charisma. For all science-fiction fans, this look also became a popular Halloween costume and set a new standard for a tough guy look.
5. Anne Hathaway
For all the Devil Wears Prada fans out there, you might be familiar with Andy Sach’s iconic look, which she had also recently recreated at the Michael Kors show. The chocolate brown leather jacket became a fashion statement for all the fashionistas out there and added another page to the journal of classic leather jacket moments.