My Biker Jacket Diary – High Contrast

640-AdjSE-Crp-F7826In 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


  1. Love that jacket!!!!

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  2. Gregory McBean · · Reply

    Perfecto… an apt name for how a certain lady looks wearing her Biker jacket. Comps to Mr Johnson for the image too.

    1. Thank you Greg, you’ve always been so encouraging and kind. ❀

  3. Great story!

    1. Cheers~ Nancy! X

  4. Amazing look, you look like a stunning statue!
    TGIF celebrate!
    Much Love Karen

    1. Thank you for your lovely compliments Karen. Love & hugs… X

  5. Hi Viv, you look fabulous! This biker’s jacket is a celebrity staple here in Los Angeles, worn with distressed denims, long fitted skirts, little black dresses, and the list goes on, but you top them all!

    Waiting anxiously for your Chinese New Year’s blog ❀
    xx M

    1. Your wonderful compliments have put a big smile on my face dearest Margie. πŸ’ž Yes indeed, the biker jacket is magic and a must-have in every stylish woman’s wardrobe.
      While I just start this biker jacket ‘mini series’, I might not blog a Chinese New Year post this time around…
      Where will you be in the up coming CNY? Love & best wishes from Sydney… ❀

  6. choice of character! I love it. Kry

  7. totally stunning! love the jacket for an extra edge

    1. I’m flattered to hear it from you Kristina. Thank you! X

  8. So beautiful, the perfect balance between polished and rebellious, the contrast in colours, the write-up ambiance, everything!

    1. I’m so happy to receive this wonderful feedback from you Cara. It means a lot to me!! X

  9. Such a chic look, I love it! Thanks for providing the history of the motto jacket, who knew!? πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Lauren! I’m so glad to hear this positive feedback from you! πŸ™‚

  10. Love! You look Tres Chic! Also great article. I’m fascinated by the history of fashion, and I never knew how the Moto jacket’s fame came about. Thanks for posting!

    1. Thank you for your sweet compliments Jill. I’m pleased that you enjoy the history behind the leather jacket. I’m posting a mini series of the biker jacket, so~ stay-tuned and find out more… X

  11. Interesting facts about this legendary piece of clothing. I really like the contrasts in your shot too. The dressy blouse paired with the biker jacket is just great!

    1. Thank you for your lovely feedback Sanne. I’m happy to hear that you like my contrast styling! X

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