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Quick History of the Bomber Jacket

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The enduring popularity of the military inspired Bomber Jacket continued apace in 2016.

Any doubt 2016 is the year of the bomber jacket? Google has reported a six-fold increase in searches for the bomber, without doubt the biggest trend in menswear this year nearly a century after it was created.

The bomber jacket was born out of World War I, when the US government designed heavy-duty leather jackets to keep air force pilots warm at high altitude, featuring wrap-around collars, tight cuffs and zipped pockets.

British aviation pioneer Leslie Irvin developed the classic sheepskin-lined flying jacket and was the chief supplier of the Royal Air Force during WWII, but huge demand meant other manufacturers stamped their own unique style on the design.

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The bomber seeped into civilian culture through skinheads in the 1970s but was transformed into a mainstream fashion piece by Tom Cruise as the swashbuckling ‘Maverick’ in Top Gun (1986), and became fashionable in hip-hop culture in the early 2000s.

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In 2016, the super-versatile jacket — less bulky and more fitted these days — has enjoyed a revival thanks to trend-setters like Kanye West, who’s included green and black bombers in his Yeezy fashion line.

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Stylish celebrities Drake, Jared Leto and David Beckham have all been snapped rocking a variety of bomber styles, which comes in a range of bold colours and patterns.

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See also:

3 Ways With A Bomber Jacket