Visible Influence: T-shirts, Motorcycle Jackets

Two of Marlon Brando's roles are memorable in part because of how he dressed. The first is Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, where Brando's T-shirt ensemble made the garment a viable style choice by itself. The T-shirt was considered underwear up until that point, now it was a rebellious statement. The same goes for 1953's The Wild One, where Brando plays Johnny Strabler, a motorcycle club member who looks damn good in a Schott Perfecto jacket. True, actual motorcycle clubs have done more in promoting moto jackets, but Brando's role took the customized Perfecto from outlaw style choice to cinematic icon. And regular guys who can't even handle a bike have wanted to wear one ever since.