In 1928, the first motorcycle jacket with a zipper was born in New York City; it was named Perfecto, after creator Irving Schott’s favourite cigar.
The watershed moment came in 1953, when Marlon Brando’s Johnny Strabler wore the infamous skull-and-bones-stamped Perfecto in the film ‘The Wild One’. Brando; Perfecto and the film all went on to become icons. And the biker jacket has stood for a rough and rebellious youth culture ever since.
Come 1991, super model Helena Christensen channelled Brando’s ‘The Wild One’, as biker chic in the American September Vogue shoot by Peter Lindbergh.
What I love the most about that ‘Wild at Heart’ editorial shoot was the high contrast: Chanel meets Schott; jewels and bling meets leather jacket; couture meets street.., as styled by Grace Coddington.
Here I also create a high contrast look for my very own biker jacket: white versus black; vintage versus trend; posh versus rough and soft versus tough…
Photography by: Kent Johnson