Costume and Textiles
Man's Suit in Style of Zoot Suit: Jacket and TrousersMade in United States, North and Central America
Designed by Francis Toscani, American, 1915 - 1973
Black pinstriped wool twill
Currently not on view
1974-51-6a,bGift of Mrs. Francis Toscani, 1974
LabelToscani'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.