FANDOM


IconMoveProtect IconOUAT IconItem IconLWM IconStorybrooke IconEF IconUnderworld IconS1 IconS2 IconS3 IconS4 IconS5 IconS6 IconS7
When I bought this jacket, it was meant to be an armor to protect me from getting hurt by those I love. But now it's just a reminder that I have to protect those I love.
Emma Swan to David Nolan src

Emma's Red Leather Jackets are items featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They first appear in the first episode of the first season.

History

During First Curse

In 2009, Emma Swan is apprehended by bail bond agent Cleo Fox. Emma notices the brown leather jacket that Cleo wears and snidely asks whether Cleo also wears it while she's taking a shower of sleeping. The women bond, and Cleo admits to Emma that she wears her jacket as an armor. She tells Emma that she needs to find her own "armor" so she can protect herself from her emotions. After Cleo dies in an accident, Emma becomes a bail bonds person herself. In 2010, she visits a clothing shop in Boston, and finds a red leather jacket with a snap button collar and zipper chest pockets,[1] similar to the one worn by Cleo. Emma purchases the jacket, and uses it as armor to protect herself from getting hurt by those she loves. ("Firebird")

In 2011, Emma is brought to Storybrooke by Henry Mills, the son she gave up for adoption ten years ago. For the journey, she dons the same jacket that she bought in Boston the year before.[2] Emma chooses to stay in Storybrooke for Henry's sake, and continues to wear the jacket during her first days in town, since she has no spare clothing. Eventually, her possessions arrive, along with the rest of her clothes. ("Pilot" − "The Price of Gold")

After Emma's possessions arrive in town, she switches to a reddish-brown jacket with flap chest pockets,[3] without a snap button collar.[4] Emma accepts a job as sheriff's deputy from Sheriff Graham, but refuses to wear the assigned uniform. Graham asks her if she thinks she can get people to do what she wants "in that red coat", but Emma believes she can. ("That Still Small Voice")

Emma wears this red jacket until she begins her work as the new town sheriff. However, Emma eventually decides that it would be best for Henry if she leaves town. As she gets ready to leave Storybrooke, she once again dons the jacket. However, her plans are cut short when Henry is mysteriously poisoned. The jacket stays on her as she works to save his life, and ends up breaking the Dark Curse. ("The Shepherd" − "True North", "An Apple Red as Blood", "A Land Without Magic")

After First Curse

After breaking the curse and being reunited with her parents, Emma switches to a different jacket, with a deeper shade of reddish-brown, and a completely different design; most noticeably, this jacket has a folded collar and zipper sleeves.[5] Emma, still wearing the jacket, and her mother Mary Margaret Blanchard, are accidentally transported to the Enchanted Forest. Emma wears her only jacket for weeks as she and her mother search for a way to return to the Land Without Magic, until they finally succeed by traveling through a portal. At one point during their stay, they travel to the Royal Castle with Mulan and Aurora. Aurora feels cold, and Emma takes of her jacket and lets Aurora borrow it. Aurora looks at the strange garment in wonder, and mutters to herself, "What kind of corset is this?". ("Broken" − "Queen of Hearts", "Lady of the Lake")

After Emma and her family return to Storybrooke following a journey to Neverland, Emma once again dons the reddish-brown jacket with flap chest pockets. She wears it while she and her allies work to defeat Peter Pan, and when she is forced to leave town with Henry when the curse is undone. ("The New Neverland", "Going Home")

During Second Curse

One year later, Emma and her son are living happily together in New York City, until one day, Hook show up and informs her that a new curse has been cast. Emma realizes that the time has come to return to Storybrooke. After packing for the trip, she says that she needs one last thing. She opens her wardrobe closet and takes out the same red leather jacket that she wore when she left town a year ago. With the jacket on, Emma returns to Storybrooke with Hook and Henry. ("New York City Serenade")

Emma wears the same jacket while working with Regina to find out who cast the new curse. When Emma and the rest of the heroes try to free Mr. Gold from Zelena's clutches, Emma wears a different jacket, the deep reddish-brown jacket she wore during her stay in the Enchanted Forest a year ago. ("Witch Hunt", "It's Not Easy Being Green")

After Second Curse

When Zelena's time portal opens, Emma (again wearing the deep reddish-brown jacket) and Hook are trapped in the Enchanted Forest in the past. To minimize the risk of Emma making a lasting impression on someone who might remember her in the future, they find new clothes for Emma. Hook remarks that sadly, red leather jackets never come into vogue in the Enchanted Forest. Rumplestiltskin casts a glamour spell on spell on them to help them re-create the events surrounding Emma's parents first meeting. After the glamour is removed, Emma's Land Without Magic outfit re-appears on her, along with her jacket, and the two of them return to Storybrooke. ("Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home")

Over the following weeks, Emma continues to wear this jacket during a string of events, which involves fighting a Snow Monster, losing control over her magic powers and trying to get rid of them, and fighting a dark demon known as the Chernabog.[6] ("A Tale of Two Sisters", "The Snow Queen", "Smash the Mirror", "Darkness on the Edge of Town")

When Emma and Regina travel out of Storybrooke to find Maleficent's missing daughter, Lily, and save Robin Hood from Zelena, Emma dons her reddish-brown jacket with flap chest pockets, which she continues to wear until Isaac Heller uses the Enchanted Quill to re-write reality. When Isaac's work is undone by Henry, everything returns to normal, and Emma's jacket appears on her once more. ("Lily" − "Operation Mongoose Part 2")

After Third Curse

When Emma becomes the new Dark One, she and her friends and family travel to Camelot to find a way to get the Darkness out of her. With both Emma and co-sheriff David Nolan gone, Mr. Clark steps in as the new town sheriff. Clark starts wearing an outfit similar to Emma's, including a red leather jacket similar to the bright red jacket Emma wore during her first days in Storybrooke, but with different snap fasteners, and differently colored zipper pulls on the chest pockets.[7] When everyone return to Storybrooke, they are shocked to discover that Emma has fully embraced the darkness. When the new Dark One sees what Clark is wearing, she gets angry and asks who the hell he is supposed to be. She then transforms him into a stone statue. ("The Dark Swan")

Eventually, the darkness is removed from Emma. In a flash of bright light, her Dark One outfit disappears, and is replaced by her normal clothes, including the reddish-brown leather jacket with flap chest pockets. Emma continues to wear this jacket while she and her family go to the Underworld to save Hook. During her stay there, Emma tells her father that when she bought her first red leather jacket, it was meant to be an armor to protect her from getting hurt by those she loved. She realizes that the jacket is in fact a reminder that she has to protect those she loves. ("Swan Song" - "Firebird")

Following the return to her hometown, Emma continues to wear the jacket in Storybrooke and the Land Without Magic. It stays on her as the heroes work to defeat Hades, and when she and Regina go on a mission to track down Henry and the Olympian Crystal in New York City. ("Last Rites", "Only You", "An Untold Story")

Home in Storybrooke, Emma and her boyfriend, Hook, are passionately making out on the couch. Emma asks him about the red leather jacket she's wearing and starts to take it off, but Hook stops her, adding that he "likes the red leather jacket". The makeout-session is interrupted when a dirigible from the Land of Untold Stories flies over Emma's house, and the jackets stays on Emma while they spend the rest of the day dealing with the newcomers. ("The Savior")

Emma eventually decides to take the plunge and ask Hook to move in with her. Over lunch, she tells him that she has a closet full of red jackets, and feels like she can make some space for some black leather - a reference to Hook's garment of choice. He happily accepts. ("The Other Shoe")


Trivia

On-Screen Notes

  • Emma has at least four different red leather jackets:
    • One is bright red with a snap button collar and zippered chest pockets.[2] Emma bought this jacket in the Boston flashback in "Firebird".[1] "(Pilot" et al.)
    • One is reddish-brown jacket with flap chest pockets,[3] without a snap button collar.[4] ("That Still Small Voice" et al.)
      • It's interesting to note that in "Firebird", Emma talks about the red leather jacket she's currently wearing, and how she bought it to have an armor to protect her from getting hurt by those she loves; even though the jacket she is wearing in this moment, is the reddish-brown jacket with flap pockets,[8] not the jacket she originally bought.
    • One has a deeper shade of reddish-brown, and has a completely different design; most noticeably, it has a folded collar and zipper sleeves.[5] ("Broken" et al.)
    • One is made of suede and looks completely different from the other jackets, with a much more sophisticated design than the other jackets.[9] ("The Song in Your Heart", "The Final Battle Part 2", "A Pirate's Life")

Production Notes

  • Emma's trademark leather jacket was originally supposed to be black.[10][11] The day before shooting started, Edward Kitsis[11] requested red after a camera test,[12] to allude to Prince Charming's red outfit in the Enchanted Forest flashbacks.[10]
  • The show creators have stated that Emma represents color coming into the drained world of Storybrooke, as seen in her yellow car and red jacket.[10]
  • In the first two episodes of season one, Emma's jacket was a cheap jacket tweaked by the costume department.[11] It was bought around the corner from the costume designer's hotel room the day before they shot the "Pilot", and cost "like 89 dollars".[13] By episode three,[11] the costume department replaced it[11] with custom made leather jackets by Vancouver's Ocean Drive Leather.[11][14] According to costume designer Eduardo Castro, Jennifer Morrison was "not in love with" the original red leather jacket, and the new one was a custom jacket which suits her body and is a little sleeker and a little more sophisticated. It cost almost four thousand dollars.[13]
    • Ocean Drive Leather also created four of Emma's other leather jackets.[14][15] The same company also created Sheriff Graham's leather jacket,[16] David's leather jacket from Season Two,[17] and Hook's leather jacket from Season Four to Season Six.[18]
    • By the time of "Souls of the Departed", the red jacket had been remade and redone by the costume department many times, and there were about 25 to 30 different versions of the jacket. Some are a brighter red, some are medium red, and some are red brown.[13]

Costume Notes

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:520EmmasArmor.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:104OperationCobra.png
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:105TakeTheFantasyAway.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 File:105WhatHappened.png
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 File:201SomeOfMyOwn.png
    File:202Camp.png
  6. Note that in "Darkness on the Edge of Town", it looks like Emma is wearing a different jacket, with wool lining (412FreeTheFairiesDay.png) however, the lining in fact fact part of a separate garment (412CarStarts.png)
  7. File:501ClarkIsAfraid.png
  8. File:520SomeOtherWay.png
  9. File:620BeBrave.png
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on Season One DVD and Blu-ray Commentary for "Pilot"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic - Page 57. London: Titan Books, October 2013
  12. https://themusicinthedark.com/2017/02/25/eduardo-castro-talks-designing-the-costumes-of-once-upon-a-time/
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 http://www.etonline.com/tv/182962_once_upon_a_time_fashion_spotlight_4_secrets_you_need_to_know_about_emma_swan_magical_wardrobe/
  14. 14.0 14.1 http://archive.today/KdQkd
    http://www.theitlists.com/2012/03/fairy-tale-it-leather-jackets/
  15. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.346930861985142.90776.249573411720888&type=1
  16. https://www.facebook.com/keith.steven.christensen/photos/a.332110726800489.87560.249573411720888/332111263467102/?type=3&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/keith.steven.christensen/photos/a.332110726800489.87560.249573411720888/277872872224275
  17. https://www.facebook.com/keith.steven.christensen/photos/a.252798828065013.72746.249573411720888/561797003831859/?type=3&theater
  18. https://www.facebook.com/keith.steven.christensen/photos/a.252798828065013.72746.249573411720888/875771122434444/?type=1
  19. https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/898195/mackage-veruca-leather-moto-jacket?color=MERLOT&sid=545655&aid=20648&mid=1857889293&cm_mmc=affiliate-_-ebay-_-20648-_-2-161881&utm_source=ebay&utm_medium=nr&utm_content=affiliate&utm_campaign=20648
  20. File:412CarStarts.png
  21. File:620BeBrave.png
  22. https://www.shopbop.com/jayne-suede-jacket-veda/vp/v=1/1519486464.htm
  23. File:622EmmaDefeatedTheDragonPage.png
    File:622TrueLovesKissPage.png
  24. File:622SupperPage.png
  25. File:701WhatABetterLife.png
  26. File:702ShesA.png
  27. File:111TakesOutPhotographs.png
    File:111IfYouDont.png
  28. File:405EmmaAndHenry.png
  29. File:417LampOn.png
  30. File:503NobleOne.png
  31. File:505NotYourGirlfriend.png
  32. File:620RemindingMyself.png

Start a Discussion Discussions about Emma's Red Leather Jackets

  • 'Articles of Clothing' Category

    29 messages
    • FrancisPaul wrote:Agree with Clothing and accessories (including Jewelry) Works for me. I suggested putting them all in one category some time ago xD
    • FrancisPaul wrote:Agree with Clothing and accessories (including Jewelry) Definitely agree with this :)