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We need fit pics! That's a wild choice.

Definitely! Will take fit pics when I get the chance under decent lighting :D

YIKES! You have to have a truck load of cool to wear that one out in public! Unless you're going to "Da Playa's Ball" or some other similar function.... Still it's one helluva jacket!

Worf

Not sure I have the cool, but I did feel comfortable in it the few times I wore it :D

Waiting for the weather to get cooler (pun intended lol) to see how it feels day to day


Pretty awesome custom jacket there! I think it's really cool and you'll have no issue wearing it around at all!

I like seeing the history on it too. JL did great with this one...

Yes, they did a tremendous job on it! From coming up with the pattern from pictures and the movie, to selecting the hides, matching the panels, stitching such a tricky hide.
 

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The fastenings on the front and their placement is unique to anything I've seen before. Almost has the feel of a cowboy period / late 19th Century Old West design: in a canvas or moleskin or some such, earthtones and dusty. I could completely see Jamie Foxx wearing this in Django Unchained, or one of Clint Eastwood's younger characters in the Westerns he did. I wonder how old the original was when Brando was given it to wear. When's the film set? Was it contemporary, or a period piece when it was made?
 
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That jacket is something!

The fastenings on the front and their placement is unique to anything I've seen before. Almost has the feel of a cowboy period / late 19th Century Old West design: in a canvas or moleskin or some such, earthtones and dusty. I could completely see Jamie Foxx wearing this in Django Unchained, or one of Clint Eastwood's younger characters in the Westerns he did. I wonder how old the original was when Brando was given it to wear. When's the film set? Was it contemporary, or a period piece when it was made?

1960's, time when fashion got fully unleashed. Anything goes. Character's name is Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier so it's just a costume. No use thinking about it.
 

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That jacket is something!



1960's, time when fashion got fully unleashed. Anything goes. Character's name is Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier so it's just a costume. No use thinking about it.

Could well have been something made up purely as a costume, of course. I'd still love to know the origin, though it's plausible we never will. I've spent enough time in long running fandoms to have seen many times over hardcore fans asking intricate details about costuming in a particular picture, only to discover the original designer has no recollection thereof, it having simply been one of many jobs they did decades ago.
 

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Wow, you are the man RD. That was Cage's own jacket he wore in the movie

Ah, interesting! Just looked it up on IMDB:

"The snakeskin jacket Sailor wears in the film was actually Nicolas Cage's own. Cage asked director David Lynch if he could wear the jacket in the film, as a tribute to Marlon Brando's role in The Fugitive Kind (1960). After filming was completed, Cage gave his jacket to Laura Dern. (On a side note, The Fugitive Kind was based on the play, Orpheus Descending, by Diane Ladd's cousin, Tennessee Williams. Laura Dern's parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, met while appearing in a 1961 stage production of Orpheus Descending)."

Interestingly, Nicholas Cage's hacket looks like a classic blazer.
 

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Ah, interesting! Just looked it up on IMDB:

"The snakeskin jacket Sailor wears in the film was actually Nicolas Cage's own. Cage asked director David Lynch if he could wear the jacket in the film, as a tribute to Marlon Brando's role in The Fugitive Kind (1960). After filming was completed, Cage gave his jacket to Laura Dern. (On a side note, The Fugitive Kind was based on the play, Orpheus Descending, by Diane Ladd's cousin, Tennessee Williams. Laura Dern's parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, met while appearing in a 1961 stage production of Orpheus Descending)."

Interestingly, Nicholas Cage's hacket looks like a classic blazer.

Aha, so there is a direct connection! I know Cage has quite the interest in pop culture and Hollywood trivia, so this makes a lot of sense.
 
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Ah, interesting! Just looked it up on IMDB:

"The snakeskin jacket Sailor wears in the film was actually Nicolas Cage's own. Cage asked director David Lynch if he could wear the jacket in the film, as a tribute to Marlon Brando's role in The Fugitive Kind (1960). After filming was completed, Cage gave his jacket to Laura Dern. (On a side note, The Fugitive Kind was based on the play, Orpheus Descending, by Diane Ladd's cousin, Tennessee Williams. Laura Dern's parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, met while appearing in a 1961 stage production of Orpheus Descending)."

Interestingly, Nicholas Cage's hacket looks like a classic blazer.

The one in Wild at Heart? Yeah, that's a snakeskin blazer.

Somewhat related, thus far, Lynch has the coolest jackets in his movies!
Sears cross zipper jacket with what we all believed to be a fur collar in Twin Peaks which I still think is the coolest thing ever, plus Vanson & Sears Cafe Racer seen later on and the coolest Brooks ever in the 3rd season.
Lesco cross zip in Mulholland Drive, worn by the assassin.
Justin Theroux' own personal vintage Fidelity he's also wearing in Inland Empire.
Above mentioned Cage's snakeskin jacket. . .
 

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The one in Wild at Heart? Yeah, that's a snakeskin blazer.

Somewhat related, thus far, Lynch has the coolest jackets in his movies!
Sears cross zipper jacket with what we all believed to be a fur collar in Twin Peaks which I still think is the coolest thing ever, plus Vanson & Sears Cafe Racer seen later on and the coolest Brooks ever in the 3rd season.
Lesco cross zip in Mulholland Drive, worn by the assassin.
Justin Theroux' own personal vintage Fidelity he's also wearing in Inland Empire.
Above mentioned Cage's snakeskin jacket. . .

Possibly only John Waters runs him close on that front!
 
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