Fashioning the Biker Jacket

Beyond Rebellion

Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket

The black leather motorcycle jacket was conceived as a utilitarian garment meant to protect riders from wind, rain, and cold. Yet as a symbol of rebellion and non-conformity, it quickly developed its own mystique—and that, along with the jacket’s sleek, sturdy design, excited the imaginations of high-fashion designers. They began to feature biker jackets in their collections, and the appeal of the jacket continued to grow.