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Army White Dress uniform jacket worn by General Colin L. Powell

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
Bando Custom Tailor, South Korean, founded 1980  Search this
Worn by:
General Colin L. Powell, American, 1937 - 2021  Search this
Subject of:
United States Army, American, founded 1775  Search this
United States Armed Forces, American, founded 1775  Search this
Owned by:
General Colin L. Powell, American, 1937 - 2021  Search this
Medium:
polyester and satin with brass fasteners
Dimensions:
Chest: 22 1/8 in. (56.2 cm)
Waist: 20 7/8 in. (53 cm)
L x W: 35 13/16 × 24 13/16 in. (91 × 63 cm)
Type:
jackets
military uniforms
Place collected:
McLean, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Place made:
Itaewon, South Korea, Asia
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1989-1993
Caption:
Colin Luther Powell was born in Harlem, New York, on April 5, 1937. He graduated from Community College of New York in 1958 and earned his commission through the ROTC as a second lieutenant in the Regular Army. After a distinguished and highly decorated military career, Powell was promoted to four-star general in 1989. That same year he became the first African American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), serving under President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. General Powell retired from the Army in 1993 after 35 years of service. In 2001 he became the first African American Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush before resigning in 2004. General Powell died on October 18, 2021, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. After a funeral service at Washington National Cathedral in D.C., General Powell was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Description:
An Army White Dress uniform jacket worn by General Colin L. Powell. The single-breasted jacket is made from an off-white polyester fabric and closes at the center front with four (4) large brass buttons featuring the US Army insignia in relief. There are two shoulder tabs where one (1) decorative gold US Army insignia button in relief is missing on each side. There are two (2) pleated breast pockets, one at each front side, with flaps. The flaps are tacked down at the corners and one (1) decorative gold US Army insignia button is attached at the center of each flap. There are two (2) front waist welted pockets, one at each front side. Each pocket has a flap that covers the welt, with one (1) decorative gold US Army insignia button at the center of each flap missing. The sleeves are full-length straight cut without a cuff, and a band of 1/2-inch wide gold woven tape is sewn around each sleeve three (3) inches from the wrist hem. The back of the jacket has a long center vent. The interior of the sleeves are fully lined with a gold synthetic fabric, and the interior body is lined with the same at the front sides and around the back shoulders, with the bottom half of the lining beyond the vent unattached from the back facing fabric. There are two (2) interior welted breast pockets, one at each front side, with triangular flap covers. A black fabric tailor’s tag is sewn below the opening of the interior proper right pocket with gold and white embroidered text reading "HAND TAILORED BY / BANDO / CUSTOM TAILOR / ITAEWON SEOUL KOREA / TEL: 793-0812”. Above the interior proper left pocket, embroidered in yellow-gold thread is “C.L. Powell”.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Government  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Military  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alma J. Powell
Object number:
A2022.101.1.35.1
Restrictions & Rights:
No known copyright restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Historical
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a7ad6934-3d06-41b7-aa29-9013f280620c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_A2022.101.1.35.1