THE BOMBER JACKET
A jacket for heroes, punks and the catwalk. There are many reasons to love the bomber. This season, we embrace its rebellious attitude but opt for a more sophisticated style.
THE STORY BEHIND IT
The bomber jacket, often called the flight jacket, was first created to keep World War I pilots warm. Back then the fighter aircrafts didn’t have enclosed cockpits, so the pilots needed something to keep warm. The U.S. Aviation Clothing Board began distributing leather jackets, often shearling-lined for extra warmth. World War II and the release of the A-2 jacket (a slight, modified version of the original) popularised the bomber in civil America. And, of course, in Hollywood.
Even though the A-2 jacket is a classic, it was another style that really made an impact in fashion history. The MA-1 bomber jacket was first developed in the mid 1950s to meet new demands on comfort and safety. The invention of the jet aircraft dramatically changed the pilots’ working conditions, and the bulky leather jackets were no longer optimal. The MA-1 jackets were made from lightweight nylon, comfortable in any weather. The MA-1 was hard to come by if you weren’t in the army; but in the 1960s and 1970s, clothing companies like Alpha Industry started mass producing the bomber jackets for the civilian market.
The MA-1 design has been modified during the years, but the main features remain the same: roomy sleeves, cropped length, cuffs and waistband. The often-used orange lining was introduced in 1960 – if a plane crashed, the pilot could reverse the jacket to the orange side to signal for rescue.
HOW TO STYLE IT
The bomber jacket is one of those truly classic items. Loved by everyone from punks to mods, rappers to Hollywood celebrities, the bomber has never really gone out of style.
”The bomber jacket is so easy to wear, and it works for any occasion”, says stylist Columbine Smille. ”It adds a certain relaxed cool to any style.”
Right now, we prefer a sleek, more tailored version over the classic, bulky style.
”For a more sophisticated look, skip the printed t-shirt and hoodie and pair the bomber with a cropped, slim-fit suit trouser and a simple t-shirt or polo shirt.”
Photographer Tobias Lundkvist’s favourite items are the classics: a black t-shirt and Chuck Taylors. Stylist Columbine Smille’s favourite item is the perfect black silk dress. Our model is the truly adorable Andre Feulner. Hair by Mette Thorsgaard and makeup by Josefin Scherdin.