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Created by:
Joe Emsley, American  Search this
Worn by:
Miles Davis, American, 1926 - 1991  Search this
velvet, silk and metal
H x W x D (On form): 28 1/2 × 26 × 10 1/2 in. (72.4 × 66 × 26.7 cm)
H x W (Flat): 28 1/2 × 17 in. (72.4 × 43.2 cm)
Place made:
New York City, Manhattan, New York, United States, North and Central America
This dark purple velvet jacket was made by Joe Emsley and worn by Miles Davis. The jacket is slim cut, with no lapel, full length straight cut sleeves and a scalloped hemline. The jacket closes at the center front with three (3) black metal snaps. It is slightly longer in the back than in the front. There is one (1) exterior pocket at the waist of the proper left front, with a scalloped bottom left corner. The interior opening band of this pocket has a strip of the lining material sewn to it, but the body of the pocket is unlined. There are three (3) darts along the back below the neckline. On the interior, the jacket is lined with a printed silk fabric in a white, red, and blue polka-dotted diamond design. There is one interior set-in pocket on the proper right front with a label sewn onto it. There are underarm perspiration shields under each arm made from the same material as the lining.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
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