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Does the Smithsonian have anything that Jimi Hendrix used?

Dr. Dwandalyn Reece

Discussion about Jimi Hendrix's style musically and fashion-wise while highlighting his vest and speaker that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

Collection Object: 
Vest worn by Jimi Hendrix
Topic
African American
Clothing and dress
Musicians
Rock and roll (Music)
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Created by
Unidentified
Worn by
Jimi Hendrix, American, 1942 - 1970
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
velvet, braid, plastic, cotton, and metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (On form): 19 × 14 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (48.3 × 36.8 × 29.2 cm)
H x W (Flat): 19 × 17 3/4 in. (48.3 × 45.1 cm)
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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
Place made
Central Asia, Asia
Place used
United States, North and Central America
Date
1960s
Description
A quilted burgundy colored velvet cropped vest with applied decorations worn by Jimi Hendrix. The vest is heavily decorated with stylized Central Asian motifs, has no buttons or closure, and is fully lined with dark gray cotton. The applied decorations are made of cotton cord wrapped in metal thread, and are stitched onto the velvet with green and orange thread. Additional embellishments include small metal coils affixed with orange or gray thread, pink and gray two-ply yarn affixed with orange thread, circular paillettes made of green or pink plastic with a mirrored center, and gold brocaded ribbon. There are two (2) set-in pockets stacked on top of each other on both the proper left and proper right exterior fronts. The pockets on the left side are both sewn shut. On the interior, the vest is fully lined with a gray plain woven cotton that is quilted, but the quilting does not show through to the exterior. There is one set-in pocket made of the gray lining fabric on the proper left interior front side.
Type
vests (main garments)
Object number
2014.97.2