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Jacket made by Joe Emsley and worn by Miles Davis

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
This dark purple velvet jacket was made by Joe Emsley and worn by Miles Davis. The jacket is slim cut, with no lapel, full length straight cut sleeves and a scalloped hemline. The jacket closes at the center front with three (3) black metal snaps. It is slightly longer in the back than in the front. There is one (1) exterior pocket at the waist of the proper left front, with a scalloped bottom left corner. The interior opening band of this pocket has a strip of the lining material sewn to it, but the body of the pocket is unlined. There are three (3) darts along the back below the neckline. On the interior, the jacket is lined with a printed silk fabric in a white, red, and blue polka-dotted diamond design. There is one interior set-in pocket on the proper right front with a label sewn onto it. There are underarm perspiration shields under each arm made from the same material as the lining.
Created by
Joe Emsley, American
Worn by
Miles Davis, American, 1926 - 1991
Date
1960s
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
velvet, silk and metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (On form): 28 1/2 × 26 × 10 1/2 in. (72.4 × 66 × 26.7 cm)
H x W (Flat): 28 1/2 × 17 in. (72.4 × 43.2 cm)
Type
jackets
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Object number
2014.97.4
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Jazz (Music)
Place made
New York City, Manhattan, New York, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions