So, I saw Drive the other night and became immediately obsessed. Not only was the Gos radiating perfection (in both acting and looks), but the entire movie was stellar, in a post-modern ’80s homage-type way. The acting was great. The soundtrack was great. But you know what stood out the most? The Driver’s white satin and leather jacket, complete with that golden embroidered scorpion on the back.
There it is. It’s instantly iconic and something everyone’s been talking about. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw a couple out this Halloween.
Jacket aside, the Driver was a crazy-good antihero character, but would he have been so badass without the jacket? Do clothes make the man? Here’s a look at a couple other iconic movie jackets:
Pitt played the ultimate macho man daredevil Tyler Durden in this 1999 cult classic. When he wasn’t dripping sweat after beating the beejeezus out of men searching for their manhood, Durden was spotted in this red leather number.
Iconic? Definitely. In fact, it kind of reminds me of….
Dean is forever synonymous with his Rebel Without A Cause character Jim Stark. As a troubled teen on the brink of adulthood, Dean played him as the brooding-yet-sensitive guy we all secretly lust after.
I was six-years-old the first time I saw Grease, and I was instantly smitten with Danny Zuko, played with perfect panache and charm by John Travolta. Kind of jerky, kind of sweet, it was the combination of bad boy attitude with good boy looks that got all the ladies — especially Sandy — revved up over the leader of the T-Birds.
Iconic? Sure! Remember in the end when his friends freaked out about him trading it in for the Letterman sweater? Good thing he ripped it off just in time for “You’re the One That I Want.”
I know, I know: Twilight? Really? Of course! The first movie was made on a paltry budget, with many of the clothes being picked out on location at department stores. This jacket, originally manufactured by BB Dakota, was worn by Bella Swan (Stewart) in the scene where Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) reveals what he really is. “Say it… out loud… say it!” “Vampire!”
Iconic? Eh… But consider this: Companies such as Fred Flare teamed up with BB Dakota to reproduce the jacket and sold it for — wait for it — around $60 a coat! Personally, I own the coat (and may or may not still like Twilight…) and it won’t warm you up more than the average hoodie. Another downside? Hot, brooding vampires have yet to approach me. Ah, well…
Are there any iconic jackets I may have missed? Let me know!