Tuxedo pants 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
Date
September 30, 1957
Medium
wool and silk with plastic buttons
Dimensions
H x W x D (flat): 44 1/4 × 14 3/8 × 3/4 in. (112.4 × 36.5 × 1.9 cm)
Description
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.
Place made
Studio City, California, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Clothing-Fashion
Type
trousers
Topic
Blues (Music)
Clothing and dress
Costume
Costume design
Design
Fashion
Film
Men
Musical films
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2012.64.1.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
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