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Black jacket with gold decorations worn by LaMonte McLemore of The 5th Dimension

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
Black double-breasted dinner jacket worn by LaMonte McLemore of The 5th Dimension. The black wool jacket has full-length sleeves and a notched silk satin collar. There are four (4) satin-covered buttons at the center front, only the bottom proper right button functions as a closure for the double-breasted jacket while the other three are decorative. There are two (2) exterior inset pockets trimmed in black satin, one at each front side waist, and one (1) additional inset pocket at the proper left breast trimmed in black wool. There are four (4) decorative satin-covered buttons at each cuff. The cuffs are trimmed with gold woven tape. Above the tape on each cuff is a large paillette in a highly stylized floral design with gold beading and sequin flowers and black beaded leaves, with a single clear rhinestone at the center of the flower. There are two additional pailletes, one on each should reaching down the front and down the back, of a different stylized leafy floral design in gold and black beads and gold sequins. The pailletes are all hand-appliqued to the jacket. The jacket is fully lined in cream silk. There are three (3) interior inset pockets, one at each front side chest, and one at the interior proper left waist. There is a black satin-covered button on the interior proper left front that corresponds to the buttonhole on the proper right front side to close the jacket. There are three (3) designer and manufacturer labels in the interior of the jacket.
Designed by
Pierre Cardin, French, founded 1950
Worn by
LaMonte McLemore, American, born 1935
Subject of
The 5th Dimension, American, founded 1966
Date
ca. 1980
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of LaMonte McLemore founding member of The 5th Dimension
Medium
wool, silk satin, paillettes with sequins and glass and plastic beads, and gold foil tape
Dimensions
H x W (Flat): 31 1/2 × 19 1/2 in. (80 × 49.5 cm)
Waist: 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
Type
dinner jackets
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Object number
2013.198.1
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Costume
Popular music
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Soul (Music)
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions