Nowadays, leather jacket: an imperative piece to any dresser, is pretty mucha cultural shorthand for being cool – put it on and your outfit immediatelyradiates a sharp, bad-boy essence.
Here, a look at how the outerwear iconemerged from protective gear to a modern-day style must-have. With a richhistory that spans its incorporation from WWI to its ubiquity among thepresent-day fashion set, it’s clear to see despite the time period, how leatherjacket conserves it’s standing as a symbol of confidence, rebellion, and sexappeal. The history of leather jacket is apparently as old as humancivilization. Changes are witnessed in the manufacturing techniques. Also, newtechnologies are invented for the tannery industry. From immemorial time animalhides are used when man learned to guard himself against harsh weathersituations while clothes were not invented.
It is well known that cavemen inprehistoric time clad themselves using animal hides. Hunting of animals carriedout for various other purposes apart from getting meat for food. Hunting was aprimary medium of fulfilling several purposes such as food, hides to cover thebody and to serve various other works as a faithful servant. One can observevarious leather clothes including shoes, jackets in Egyptian Pharaohs. Goatskin, deerskin, and snakeskin remain some of the popular hides known to human beings for a longtime. First Appearance: 1918 Picture a closet piece like the leather jacket, an ancient style is alittle same thinking of your parents being youngsters. Seems impossible? But, theleather jacket, believe it or not, was neither always a classic, and wasn’teternally either associated with the motorcycle.
Fact is, it made its firstappearance in the early 1900s upon the spines of pilots. Various members of themilitary have also been seen with it.According tothe book “The Black Leather Jacket” written by Mick Farren, Germaninterceptor pilots during WWI happened to be the first to wear the leatherjacket then recognized as the bomber silhouette. Treating as a protectiveouterwear cover of their military attire against extreme climates. 1928:Presents The ‘Perfecto’A significant turn took place in the year 1928.When Irving Schott, a Manhattan raincoat maker designed the first motorcyclejacket for the legendary Harley Davidson. The result signified such, functionmet fashion. Named after a cigar, the jacket was entitled as the”Perfecto”.
It was piddly sold for a $5.50. Though impossible tobelieve in contrast to a celeb-coveted Balenciaga (Spanish fashion designerknown for his stark elegant designs) version that goes for $3,000 today! Thedetail-confronting street vogue was basically a shortened version that chose toadopt a zipper instead of buttons like the aviator jackets that were wornduring the war.