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Grey tail coat worn by Cab Calloway

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
A silvery gray swallow-tailed coat worn by Cab Calloway. The coat is made of a medium weight slubbed twill fabric with silver satin peaked lapels and straight cuffless sleeves. There are two (2) decorative silver satin-covered buttons, one at each outside wrist. The coat does not close in the front, but there are six (6) decorative silver satin-covered buttons, three on each front side. The tails of the coat are rounded on the outside edge with a squared corner at the center vent. There are two (2) decorative silver satin-covered buttons on the back, one at each center seam of the tails. The coat body and sleeves are lined with silver synthetic fabric, while the underside of the tails are self-lined. There are two interior inset pockets, one at each front side breast, lined with a white open weave nylon fabric. There is a hanger loop at the interior center back neck made of maroon fabric with yellow embroidered text reading "After Six / COUTURE / MADE IN U.S.A.". An additional designer's label, also maroon with yellow text, is sewn below the interior proper left breast pocket that reads, "After / Six / COUTURE". A manufacturer's label with size 48R and care instructions is sewn inside the proper right interior breast pocket. Below this tag is a union label for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU).
Designed by
After Six, American, founded 1903
Worn by
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994
Date
1976-1995
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cabella Calloway Langsam
Medium
synthetic fiber
Dimensions
H x W x D (On form): 43 1/4 × 26 × 13 in. (109.9 × 66 × 33 cm)
H x W (flat): 42 3/4 × 18 3/4 in. (108.6 × 47.6 cm)
Type
tail coats
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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
2013.237.3.1
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Conductors (Musicians)
Costume
Dance
Jazz (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions