Katharine Hamnett achieved stardom as a fashion designer in the early-1970s, after graduating from Central Saint Martins. Her early work featured a wide array of military references, usage of surplus material and pioneering ethical production. Her work, not as well recognised now, heavily influenced both British popular culture and politics, especially in the 1980s, through the strength of her work. She was also the first designer to win the British Fashion Council’s ‘Designer of the Year’ award in 1984.
Here we have Hamnett’s classic denim jacket silhouette featuring consistent details such as the cropped boxy fit, cureved panel detailing up to the collar and vintage sourced golden buttons. However, this iteration is heavily distressed throughtout in production which has only imporved over the just short of 30 years the jacket has existed, creating unique fading and tearing. We also see two outer pockets that run down the side seam and a RiRi zipped inner pocket.