Sunday, April 24

Zoot Suit

Dancing couple in the 1940's
Wikipedia - "A zoot suit (occasionally spelled zuit suit is a men's suit with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. This style of clothing became popular among the African-American, Chicano, Filipino American, and Italian American communities during the 1940s. In Britain the "Edwardian-look" suits with velvet lapels worn by Teddy Boys is said to be a derivative of the zoot suit. Zoot Suits were first associated with African American in urban communities such as Harlem , Chicago , and Detroit but it was made popular by Jazz Musicians in the 1940s. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word zoot probably comes from a reduplication of suit. ..."
W - Zoot Suit Riots
W - Zoot Suit (play)
PBS: Zoot Suit Culture
L.A. in the Zoot Suit Era
YouTube: The Zoot Suit Riots, Zoot suit fiebre latina LP, Zoot Suit. El Pachuco, Edward James Olmos