Tuxedo jacket designed by Sy Devore and worn by Nat King Cole in St. Louis Blues

Designed by
Devore, Sy, American, died 1966
Worn by
Cole, Nat King, American, 1919 - 1965
September 30, 1957
wool and silk with plastic buttons
H x W x D (Flat): 48 × 24 1/2 × 3 3/4 in. (121.9 × 62.2 × 9.5 cm)
A tuxedo jacket 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 jacket has knee-length tails and a black satin lapel. Six black plastic buttons, three on each side of the center front opening, are positioned on a diagonal running parallel to the lapels. These buttons are decorative only, the jacket does not close. The jacket has a wide notched lapel covered in black silk satin, with a neck band made of navy wool. There is one exterior inset breast pocket on the proper left front. The sleeves are full-length straight cut, with two decorative black plastic cuff buttons at each cuff. On the back is a black plastic button at the waist above the center seam of each tail. The tails have rounded outside edges with squared interior edge and overlap about one inch at the center back. The center seam of each tail is covered by a pressed edge of the wool, which is stitched down at the top and bottom where the tail is attached at the waist and to the lining.
The jacket is lined in black twilled silk lining, while the sleeves are lined in ivory silk lining. There are two inset pockets on the interior, one at each breast. There is a hanger loop of black lining fabric at the center back of the neck.
Place made
Studio City, California, United States, North and Central America
dinner jackets
Blues (Music)
Clothing and dress
Costume design
Musical films
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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