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Man's 'Diamond Sis' Coat

Charlie Logan, American, 1893 - 1984

Made in United States, North and Central America


Various fabrics covered with yarn and thread embroidery trimmed with buttons, coins, tassels, American flags, and metal and rhinestones

Center Back Length: 32 inches (81.3 cm)

Research inconclusive. Copyright may apply.

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and partial gift of Kate and Ken Anderson, 1998

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To create his intricately embellished garments and accessories, Charlie Logan layered fabrics, embroidered with thread from unraveled socks and other textiles, and incorporated found materials such as charmlike buttons and coins. His expressive costumes, which the Saint Louis artist wore daily, are strongly connected to African American folk aesthetics. They were also very personal, with letters, numbers, and shapes that reference people, beliefs, and dates important to him.