We wanted it back… and they are back! It is a trend for 2016-2018 and you can see them in every shop around.
The bomber jacket originates from military clothing, it’s a casual jacket that was originally created for military pilots. The two most historical American flight jackets are the A-2 jacket and the G-1. The G-1, designed by the U.S. Navy lasted until 1978, when U.S. Congress canceled it due to its tremendous popular appeal, which was overwhelming the Navy’s supply system.
The military bomber jacket was made to be versatile for functionality as it was a lightweight jacket that kept soldiers warm. It has evolved into various different styles and silhouettes including the fashionable bomber jacket that is known today.
Bombers appeared in Europe during the late 1950s. They became popular in the non-military audience in the late 1960s to 1980s, especially when the English punks and skinheads started taking over the trend and changed the color into burgundy in order to distinguish themselves and their bomber jackets from the original military flight jackets.
The bomber’s popularity exploded in the 80’s, as it was featured in several hit films of the decade. Two notable examples were Steve McQueen in The Hunter, and of course, Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones. Additionally, Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun helped to cement the bomber into popular fashion.
In the early 2000s, the jacket was popular casual wear in hip-hop fashion. It still remains popular during the twentieth century as a part of the grunge and street-wear subculture and has recently made its way into high fashion.
Now, it is a trend that inspires a vast majority of fashion designers to reinterpret and revisit this jacket today. Check the floral printed versions from Balenciaga, Dior Chanel (OMG!)
Materials of the bomber jacket are continuously changed each season. Decorative elements are also added to them (ruffles, embroidered patchwork, chains, lace-ups…), making them an essential fashion item that comes in a variety of colors, fabrications, and styles.
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