Bomber Jackets || A Style History Through Cinema

The evolution of the bomber jacket has gone from fighter pilots to skinheads. They are the sartorial equivalent of getting a tattoo.

The bomber jacket also has enjoyed a number of appearances; from Marlon Brando’s satin piece in A Streetcar Named Desire, to Tom Cruise’s undeniably iconic khaki jacket in Top Gun. On film, the jacket makes up part of character’s personality.

Its many iterations, including satin, leather, collared or collarless, are all testament to its staying power and thus our predicament in today’s fashion climate. With the outwear a certified staple this season and why not try matching with the right shoe. We’re looking at how Hollywood’s finest wore their’s.

So take note as we delve in to the most iconic bomber jackets in film history. 

Marlon Brando – A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951


James Dean – A Rebel Without A Cause, 1955


Steve McQueen – The Great Escape, 1963


Jack Nicholson – The Shining, 1980


Tom Cruise – Top Gun, 1986


Ryan Gosling – Drive, 2011


Shop the edit:

Marlon Brando: Anchor, James Dean: Weekend Hero, Steve McQueen: Weekend Hero, Jack Nicholson: Wanderer, Tom Cruise: New Comfort, Ryan Gosling: Knighted.

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