Today I got the chance to preview Beyond Rebellion: Fashioning the Biker Jacket, the new exhibition at The Museum at FIT. No longer just a functional item of clothing meant to shield men on Harleys from the wind, the biker jacket has become a staple in most everyone's wardrobe. This exhibition explores the history of the black leather motorcycle jacket and how it evolved from outlaw outerwear to a mainstay of luxe fashion. The survey traces the piece from 1928, when American outerwear company Schott designed one iteration that sold for $5.50, up until today. The jacket transformed from an icon of rebellion in the 50s–as seen on Marlon Brando in The Wild One–to a punk-rock symbol of nonconformity in the late 70s and now, a prized piece of high fashion, thanks in part to designs by Yves Saint Laurent at Christian Dior. The exhibition runs until April 5, and the best part; it's free!
Christina Parrella is Brooklyn-based writer and editor. This is her personal fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog.