A Star is Born: Bradley Cooper’s Grammy Awards Suit

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born (2018)


Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine, substance-abusing country-rock star

Los Angeles, Spring 2017

Film: A Star is Born
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Director: Bradley Cooper
Costume Designer: Erin Benach


As the 65th annual Grammy Awards are tonight, I wanted to revisit a request from my friend @thestyleisnotenough to write about the country rock style from Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, the third remake of A Star is Born. I’ve already waxed poetic about his tan Runabout Goods trucker jacket, so—in the spirit of tonight’s music industry awards—let’s dive into the suit that Jackson Maine (Cooper) wears for the 2018 movie’s in-universe Grammys where his wife Ally (Lady Gaga) is being honored as the Best New Artist… quite possibly the very worst opportunity for a drunk and drugged-up Jack to clamber onto the stage and pee his pants as she accepts the award.

Hilariously, the movie was barely two years old when a viral joke tweet convinced far too many people that Bradley Cooper had indeed pissed himself during that year’s Grammy Award ceremony.

What’d He Wear?

Invited to perform as part of a tribute to Roy Orbison, Jackson Maine may have been best-served by following the Big O’s sartorial example and wearing black instead of the lighter fawn suit that more clearly shows the urinary byproduct of his excess. Then again, few people dressing for public events consider the potential risk of pissing their pants in front of millions of viewers around the world.

Consistent with his hard-rocking image, Jack foregoes traditional evening-wear in favor of a well-tailored fawn worsted wool suit, tonally coordinated to an open-neck light stone cotton shirt, worn with the top two buttons of the front placket and the mitred button cuffs left undone.

Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in A Star is Born (2018)

Bradley Cooper is known to be a fan of Tom Ford suits, so it’s possible that his character Jackson Maine also wears Tom Ford on the rare occasions that call for more formal apparel than his usual trucker jackets and jeans. This fawn suit may have been made in the Tom Ford “O’Connor” model that Cooper has favored in real life.

The single-breasted suit jacket features Tom Ford’s signature curved “barchetta” breast pocket and flapped hip pockets that slant gently rearward, including a flapped ticket pocket on the right side. The two-button jacket is visually distinguished by its unique lapels, which include a traditional notch lapel on the right while the left is uniquely extended with a “dog-ear” that fills the space which would normally be notched, detailed with a second buttonhole suggestive of a throat latch often found on classic sports coats. The jacket also has straight shoulders, “kissing” four-button cuffs, long double vents, and front darts.

The ill-fated suit trousers have a flat front, plain-hemmed bottoms, and an extended waistband that closes through a hidden hook-and-bar. Likely rigged with slide-buckle side adjusters, the waistband lacks any belt loops that also prevent Jack from wearing a big honkin’ country belt buckle.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born (2018)

You can give all you want, but claiming these are Calico Cut Pants can’t get you out of this one, Jack.

Jack may not wear his usual buckled-strap engineer boots, but he hardly brings out any polished oxfords either. Apropos his cowboy persona, Jack still wears boots with plenty of patina to the leather, in this case a pair of russet-brown leather Chelsea boots as characterized by the matching elastic side gussets.

Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in A Star is Born (2018)

The Orbison tribute marks one of the few instances where Jack wears his trademark cowboy hat for the performance, taking the stage in a wide-brimmed dark brown felt hat with a narrow golden tan woven leather band, built for the production by costume designer Erin Benach’s team.

Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in A Star is Born (2018)

Under his shirt, Jack wears his usual silver-chain necklace with a silver rectangular pendant etched with a trio of flowers growing from a single stem as well as a plain gold ring.

How to Get the Look

Bradley Cooper as Jackson Maine in A Star is Born (2018)

Do you consider yourself reasonably in control of your faculties? If so, this sandy monochrome look could work well for you! If you’re not as confident in your bladder, then 1) get that checked out and 2) I’d suggest at least wearing darker trousers until you can mitigate the risk of public accidents.

  • Fawn worsted wool suit:
    • Single-breasted 2-button jacket with notch lapels (with dog-eared throat latch), curved “barchetta” breast pocket, slanted flapped hip pockets and right-side ticket pocket, 4-button “kissing” cuffs, and long double vents
    • Flat-front trousers with extended waistband, slide-buckle side adjusters, side pockets, and plain-hemmed bottoms
  • Light stone cotton shirt with point collar, front placket, mitred button cuffs
  • Russet-brown leather plain-toe Chelsea boots
  • Dark brown felt cowboy hat with narrow woven tan leather band
  • Silver necklace with silver pendant and gold ring

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Check out the movie as well as its Grammy-winning soundtrack.

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