Zoot suit

Discover the timeless charm of the iconic zoot suit. Explore the history, fashion tips, and where to find the perfect zoot suit for a dapper and unique style.
Zoot Suit, United States, 1940–1942, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by Ellen A. Michelson; Necktie (Belly-warmer), United States, c. 1945, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Stephen J. and Sandra Sotnick; Shoes (Spectators), United States, 1935–42, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Carl W. Barrow

In 2011, the costume and textiles department collaborated with theatrical costume designer and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo professor, Thomas John Bernard, to recreate selected garment patterns of historic dress displayed in LACMA’s recent costume exhibition, Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700–1915 (2010–2011). The aim of this online project, “Undertaking the Making: LACMA Costume and Textiles Pattern Project,” was to offer free downloadable patterns of fashions in the permanent…

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