Rick wrote:The reason I do not care for this jacket is exactly that reason. The padding on the shoulder (and everywhere else, by the way) instantly remind me of the early 80's style leather jackets like Stallone and Travolta wore. It is a dated look, in my opinion. Although the other two jackets are reminiscent of the Brando style, it is difficult to pin down an era when that style was popular, because it always has been and still is. Kind of like if Schwarzenegger had grabbed an A-2 jacket.
Maybe Tony will have more insight to the reasoning behind the jacket design?
I don't think the jacket can be dated like that. It's unique to that movie, not something anyone would have found and bought off the rack somewhere. It isn't oo much of a 'real world' design, I'll give it that, but then neither is the movie.
The jacket was designed when Tony got the job. It was another 'last minute' job for him. A complicated jacket with many pieces, a manufacturer could not be found to make it. Tony was asked and did put it together and on time.
He did the pants too.
Simple as that.