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Designed by:
Sy Devore, American, died 1966  Search this
Worn by:
Nat King Cole, American, 1919 - 1965  Search this
wool and silk with plastic buttons
H x W x D (flat): 44 1/4 × 14 3/8 × 3/4 in. (112.4 × 36.5 × 1.9 cm)
Place made:
Studio City, California, United States, North and Central America
September 30, 1957
Tuxedo pants designed by Sy Devore and worn by Nat King Cole in his role as W.C. Handy in the Paramount Pictures produced 1958 film St. Louis Blues. The navy blue wool tuxedo pants have a black satin tuxedo stripe and are creased at the front and back sides of both legs. The pants have a zipper fly center front closure with a flat hook and eye at the top and an interior button tab that closes with a black plastic button. Eight blue wool belt loops are evenly spaced around the waist band. There are two black plastic buttons at the exterior back center waist and two sets of two black buttons on either front side interior of the waist for attaching suspenders.There is one inset pocket at each front side seam, with the satin stripe on top of the pocket openings.There is one inset pocket on each back side, the proper right pocket has no closure while the proper left pocket has a single black button closure.
Pants are not lined except at waistband with black twill. There is one additional pocket sewn into the lining at the proper right front, with the opening between the two suspender buttons. There is a hanger loop of black lining twill at the center back neck.
African American  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture