From the cockpit to the catwalk… and to the cinema – shortly about the history of the bomber jackets

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bomber jackets

Contemporary masculine style takes inspiration mostly from the history of military clothing – in the area where achieving the highest funcionality of the garment was the most important thing. In this case, there is no better example than the bomber jacket originally made of leather for the US Army and designed for airborne pilots. During the Second World War, heavy leather was replaced by lighter and waterproof material – nylon – from which parachutes were made. The fur collar was replaced with a welter, and cuffs and zipper pockets were also added.

The nylon version, produced by Alpha Industries, quickly surrounded the subculture world. At the end of the 1970s, bomber jackets, often worn with narrow jeans and laces, were one of the symbols of rebellion. Today, the bomber is less and lesser  associated with specific subcultures, and every year on the runways designers add a new look to it. And so in 2012, Kate Moss made a sensation with her satin gray-pink bomber with oriental embroidery, and later in 2014, flowery satin bombers where worn by Pharell Williams. In the most searched fashion terms in 2016 bomberk jacket took  first place – most commonly connected with Kanye West, Gigi Hadid and Beckham.

Bomber jacket and famous names are a combination not only seen at fashion shows and celebrity parties. We invite you for a brief, visual journey through the history of the cinema, inspired by the iconic bomber jacket.

Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951 rok

James Dean, Good Will Hunting, 1955


Robert de Niro, Taxi Driver, 1976



Pink Girls, Grease, 1978

Tom Cruise & Kelly McGillis, Top Gun, 1986

Bruce Willis, Pulp Fiction, 1994

Natalie Portman, Leon, 1994

Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting, 1996

 Daniel Craig, Casino Royale, 2006

Ryan Gosling, Drive, 2011


And you – can you think of any other movies where the bomber jacket plays the main role?

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