Man's Suit in Style of Zoot Suit: Jacket and Trousers

Designed by Francis Toscani, American, 1915 - 1973

Made in United States, North and Central America

Early 1960s

Black pinstriped wool twill

Jacket (Center Back Length): 34 inches (86.4 cm) Trousers (Length): 44 1/2 inches (113 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Toscani, 1974

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Toscani's interpretation of the "zoot suit" shows the extremes of this style, which was favored by avant-garde young men in the late 1930s and 1940s. Zoot suits featured very padded shoulders, a longer jacket with a nipped-in waist, and full-cut, tapered trousers. When showing this suit in a 1968 presentation, Toscani noted that young men of his own time had a parallel desire for more clothing options to express their own style.