Legends COME TO LIFE
Motorcycles, yes. But Harley-Davidson is so much more. See how far our world reaches.
Worn to be Wild:
The Black Leather Jacket
Originally on display June 16 – Sept 3, 2012
The black leather jacket. Rebellion. Sex appeal. Confidence. Rock ’n’ roll.
The motorcycle jacket acquired its symbolic identity over the last half of the 20th century. Its roots go even deeper, and its current meaning embodies some interesting contradictions. It evolved from earlier leather garments developed to protect their wearers from danger. Today it carries a suggestion that its wearer is a little dangerous. It was adopted by rugged—or ragged—individualists who rejected mainstream ideas of fashion. It has now become a crucial accessory of the fashion-conscious.
The story of the black leather jacket is pretty simple, but the layers of association and significance it has accumulated are quite complex. Each succeeding generation adds its own new set of meanings.
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