A brief history of the Bomber Jacket August 12 2016, 0 Comments

Lately I’ve been talking about coats and jackets and how styles keep resurfacing in the fashion round about. The ‘It jacket’ of the moment and the one that has been seen coming in and out through the decades is the faithful ‘bomber’

I’ve seen the bomber already twice in my lifetime, it appeared in the 70’s when I was a teenager and came back in the 90’s. I still have my red fake fur bomber, designed by a friend of mine with matching fury bra! I can’t believe that I wore the whole set out to clubs…I was pretty outrageous in those days…


My 90's red fur bomber jacket was designed by a friend who had his own label in those days called 'Krisar'. I used to have the matching red fur bra. Not sure where that's gone??

The bomber jacket also known as the flight jacket was created during World War 1 for pilots to use. It was shorter than most jackets at the time, fitted at the waist with lots of space at the stomach and chest. This made it much easier for sitting as pilots do for long periods of time.

Marylin Monroe visiting troops in Korea in 1954 wearing a flight jacket (as it was known in those days.) I think she may have been the first person to make the bomber look feminine and stylish.



The bomber jacket with blatant military roots was made even more popular during WW2 and then again for the Vietnam War. Its popularity is such today that it can be found in the most exclusive fashion labels like Gucci, Stella Mccartney and the like.

The bomber has evolved from heavy duty masculine garment used in warfare to a unisex, light weight version in soft silks and a variety of colours and silhouettes with embroidery, fun appliques and favourite pins or you can just go simple and oversized. It has certainly come a long way. Today it has become the symbol of style.              



              Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - wearing a modern army green bomber jacket.