Who first wore Timothée Chalamet’s shirtless jacket to the Oscars?

Was it the punk rockers of the 1970s or the pharaohs of ancient Egypt?

Somewhat lost among “The Slap” on Sunday night was Timothée Chalamet’s pale chest. It was, of course, shirtless (i.e. naked). And yet, because he was covered in a black sequined blazer designed by the late Virgil Abloh, his bare chest still fell firmly on the evening wear side of the ledger. The fabulists of QG even trumpeted that he “set a new black tie standard.”

New to the Oscars perhaps, but in recent years Harry Styles has shown off his shirtless chest in a leather blazer and pale green scarf at the Grammys. Shawn Mendes did something similar at the Met Gala last year. Jay-Z wore a shirtless double-breasted seafoam green suit in the video for his song “Apeshit,” and Jonah Hill did the same at the premiere of Don’t look up. Donald Glover also went shirtless on a red carpet in 2018.

But they too were far from the initiators. As John Bramaan points out in Men’s fashion market, if anyone deserves credit for popularizing the shirtless jacket look, it’s the godfather of punk himself – Iggy Pop. “Indeed, go back any ‘youth culture’ trend far enough, and chances are you’ll find Iggy there, making fun of you without his shirt on,” Bramaan writes. (More broadly, he adds, “when it comes to sartorial deviance, there are few avenues that were not explored by punks of the 1970s.”)

Iggy Pop, circa 1977
More shirtless vintage pop

When Pop was asked in 2016 why he embraced the look, he told audiences at Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal that when he dropped out of college he kept his library card so he could always go. to the library and check it out. books. “Cult books on culture and religion,” he clarified, “and I kept seeing these pictures of the pharaoh. He never wore a shirt. know? I don’t know why. I feel lost in a shirt. I just get lost.

In 1980, Prince revisited the aesthetic by putting his bare chest under a trench coat (except for a bandana around his neck) for his album cover. dirty mind (he too, it should be noted, was not wearing pants either).

Obviously, it’s not something that’s become particularly common. (Not that he stopped QG to offer their readers advice in case they feel like showing up to a formal event for the normies – read: not the Oscars, the Grammys or the Met Gala – that you should trim your chest hair beforehand and wear a double-breasted jacket if you’ve got a little more meat on your bones.)

“You don’t have to be a rock star or Chalamet to be successful, but if you have to ask if you can, you probably can’t,” a follower of the r/MaleFashionAdvice subreddit tells me. Another echoed that sentiment, offering, “It’s going to look terrible with a generic blazer. So if you are determined to succeed, check out the Rick Owens / Yohji Yamamoto style blazers. Or maybe try it with an extremely deep fluid reservoir first.

Above all – to the editor’s first point – confidence is the main prop here (Rick Owens/Yohji Yamamoto style blazer or no Rick Owens/Yohji Yamamoto style blazer). After all, do you think the pharaohs cared about which outerwear best matched their bare chest?

Elizabeth J. Harless