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Designed by:
Arthur McGee, American, 1933 - 2019  Search this
Subject of:
Black Fashion Museum, American, 1979 - 2007  Search this
wool, silk satin, and metal fasteners
H x W (flat): 45 × 45 1/2 in. (114.3 × 115.6 cm)
Place made:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
mid 20th-late 20th century
Lavender wool tweed swing coat designed by Arthur McGee. The fabric has multi-colored wool woven flecks. The coat has a spread collar, full-length flared sleeves, and falls just below the knee. It closes at the center front neck with one (1) snap and one (1) large round metal decorative brooch-like button with a purple rhinestone at the center. The rest of the front center opening does not fasten. There is one (1) horizontal pocket sewn at the proper left front waist. Pleats are sewn at each underarm to create additional flare at the sides. The back is made extra full with a deep box pleat sewn at the center back just below the shoulders.
The coat is fully lined in green silk satin. The body has an additional lining between the facing and the satin made from green wool. The linings of the body are not seamed to the interior bottom hem, but are instead left loose with a turned hem finish. The wool lining is slightly shorter than the satin lining. There are no labels.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Design  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Fashion design  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Black Fashion Museum founded by Lois K. Alexander-Lane
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Black Fashion Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture