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EMP|SFM Honors the Leather Jacket with New Iconic Exhibition


If there’s a more iconic item of clothing than the leather jacket, then I can’t imagine what it is. From Marlon Brando’s early bad-boy image to Michael Jackson’s Bad-ass stylings, the leather jacket has become a timeless emblem of rebellion and effortless cool. From bikers to rockers, movie stars to pop divas, leather jackets have become more than just an item of clothing – they’re a statement of intent.

It’s little wonder, then, that Seattle’s EMP has finally dedicated an entire exhibition to this essential piece of wardrobe for every aspiring rebel. Worn to be Wild opens Saturday October 20th at the EMP|SFM in Seattle, and it’s certain to attract both fashion aficionados and wide-eyed rock fans in their droves. If there’s one thing the EMP does really well it’s this kind of focused exhibition, and the leather jacket feels like a perfect fit for their current music-and-movie portfolio. From Heart to The Terminator, everyone looks better in leather.

The opening will also be marked by an exclusive fashion event on Saturday October 20th, known simply as Project Leather. The catwalk show will bring together local fashion designers for a uniquely Northwestern take on the leather icon. The lineup promises “futuristic fashions by Portland husband and wife duo, Ms. Wood, a line of bohemian inspired rock ‘n’ roll jackets by Aykut Ozen; dramatically up-cycled silhouettes by Stone Crow Design, sci-fi movie motivated pieces by Pierre Davis; street-smart meets celebrity chic garments by Carole McClellan, and architecturally inspired looks from the hand of Ruki: by Melanie Parr.” Who could resist that?

Tickets for Project Leather are still available here, and proceeds will benefit the EMP’s community programs. Worn to be Wild opens on Saturday October 20th, 2012. More details can be found on the official EMP|SFM website.