Turns out Rihanna has a seriously bad habit we knew nothing about Sharethrough Mobile Although fashions would change from tribe to tribe, before the European colonisation in the seventeenth century, almost all tribes used the skins of animals they hunted to make soft leather for clothing.
In the winter, men would wear leather leggings attached to their breechcloths to keep warm. Wearing leather like this, for Native Americans, was a spiritual endeavour as much as a practical one: Buckled on over trousers, these leather coverings would protect cowboys when riding a horse in the American west. Leather trousers in movies A few Hollywood westerns in the s put these gun-slinging leather pants onto the big screen — and even got female stars wriggling into them. There is a wonderful picture of Evelyn Keyes squeezing into a pair, with the help of a very energetic costume assistant, for her movie The Desperadoes.
Inspired by the likes of Elvis Presley and Gene Vincent — in addition to iconic Hollywood stars Marlon Brando and James Dean — leather trousers became the ultimate symbol of adolescent rebellion. Leather trousers and musicians By , a rowdy bunch of Liverpudlians embraced head-to-toe leather-dressing in sweaty Hamburg nightclubs, heavily influenced by their s idols.
Although leather has been closely associated with rock stars ever since, very few have managed to pull off the look with as much sex appeal as Morrison. Chrissie Hynde Apart from one man, perhaps: In , Elvis was in freefall.
The year-old did what many men have attempted when existentially lost: Unlike most men, however, Elvis could pull it off. His Christmas TV special would soon become known as Elvis: Gyrating in head-to-toe leather, he meant business. Leather trousers and women But what about the women, we hear you cry? Suzi Quatro would later embrace his leather look with a 70s attitude that spread like wildfire. Even Joan Collins got in on the action, styling them up to a magnificent 11 with a leather bakerboy hat, jacket and gloves.
Iggy Pop would out-do them all in the early s, wearing a pair of silver leather trousers he saved for very special occasions.
Joan Collins Leather trousers in the 80s As the s landed and civil unrest intensified, punk fashion became even more politicised and New Romanticism brought leather into the mainstream.
They all embraced leather. Leather trousers in the 90s As the s approached, the leather trouser look became a mainstream staple. These days they often turn up on the red carpet when you least expect them — especially on Kate Moss. Which brings us back to where we began: Maybe it goes back to Native American animal-channeling.
As for that silver pair?