Tuxedo Ideas: FAI- Zoot suit

Tuxedo Ideas: FAI- Zoot suit

A “Pachucha” (Mexican-American women in zoot suits) Rosie From Boyle Heights In The 1940s

A “Pachucha” (Mexican-American women in zoot suits) Rosie From Boyle Heights In The 1940s

The creation of the zoot suit can be traced to Harlem in the mid to late 1930s. Initially an African American youth fashion, closely connected to jazz culture, the zoot suit was co-opted by a generation of Mexican American youth. The oversized suit was both an outrageous style and a statement of defiance. Zoot suiters asserted themselves in the face of widespread discrimination. At the dawn of WWII, the suit was condemned by the U.S. government and over time the suit was seen as unpatriotic.

The creation of the zoot suit can be traced to Harlem in the mid to late 1930s. Initially an African American youth fashion, closely connected to jazz culture, the zoot suit was co-opted by a generation of Mexican American youth. The oversized suit was both an outrageous style and a statement of defiance. Zoot suiters asserted themselves in the face of widespread discrimination. At the dawn of WWII, the suit was condemned by the U.S. government and over time the suit was seen as unpatriotic.

Zoot Suit- in the early 40's, the zoot suit developed as an extreme variation of the sack suit.

Zoot Suit- in the early 40's, the zoot suit developed as an extreme variation of the sack suit.

Zoot Suit Riots Gangs | here's the young pachuco zoot suiters who banded together to fight the ...

Zoot Suit Riots Gangs | here's the young pachuco zoot suiters who banded together to fight the ...

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Zoot Suit Riots Mexicans | Zoot-suited teens at a Nedick's restaurant in New York in 1943. Corbis

Zoot Suit Riots Mexicans | Zoot-suited teens at a Nedick's restaurant in New York in 1943. Corbis

Zoot Suit, 1940–1942. COMING SPRING 2016: A garment pattern of this extant zoot suit, which illustrates just how its extreme, larger-than-life proportions were created, will be available for free download—along with other fashions in Reigning Men—later this spring as part of LACMA’s Pattern Project: Undertaking the Making.

Zoot Suit, 1940–1942. COMING SPRING 2016: A garment pattern of this extant zoot suit, which illustrates just how its extreme, larger-than-life proportions were created, will be available for free download—along with other fashions in Reigning Men—later this spring as part of LACMA’s Pattern Project: Undertaking the Making.

Cab Calloway in a zoot suit

Cab Calloway in a zoot suit

* MAN'S WOOL ZOOT SUIT, N.J., 1938-1942 New York City 2 different pattern striped wools, long fitted coat, oversize padded shoulders & exterior pouch pockets, red plastic buttons, high-waist balloon pants, pegged cuffs, 4 slash pockets, crudely made suspenders in cinnamon wool, Sh-Sh 26", Ch 45", Jacket L 41", High W (taken in) 32", Outseam 50.5", Inseam 31", (large L-shaped tear near 1 pant pocket, darning on jacket's L shoulder) very good. From Newark, N.J. area

* MAN'S WOOL ZOOT SUIT, N.J., 1938-1942 New York City 2 different pattern striped wools, long fitted coat, oversize padded shoulders & exterior pouch pockets, red plastic buttons, high-waist balloon pants, pegged cuffs, 4 slash pockets, crudely made suspenders in cinnamon wool, Sh-Sh 26", Ch 45", Jacket L 41", High W (taken in) 32", Outseam 50.5", Inseam 31", (large L-shaped tear near 1 pant pocket, darning on jacket's L shoulder) very good. From Newark, N.J. area

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