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  1. ZOOT SUIT (n.): the ultimate in clothes. The only totally and truly American civilian suit.-Cab Calloway, "The Hepster's Dictionary," 1944 Before the fashion statements of hippies, punks, or hip-hop, there was the zoot suit, a striking urban look of the World War II era that captivated the imagination. Created by poor African American men and obscure tailors, the "drape shape" was embraced by Mexican American pachucos, working-class youth, entertainers, and swing dancers, yet condemned by the U.S. government as wasteful and unpatriotic in a time of war. The fashion became notorious when it appeared to trigger violence and disorder in Los Angeles in 1943-events forever known as the "zoot suit riot." In its wake, social scientists, psychiatrists, journalists, and politicians all tried to explain the riddle of the zoot suit, transforming it into a multifaceted symbol: to some, a sign of social deviance and psychological disturbance, to others, a gesture of resistance against racial prejudice and discrimination. As controversy swirled at home, young men in other places-French zazous, South African tsotsi, Trinidadian saga boys, and Russian stiliagi-made the American zoot suit their own.In "Zoot Suit," historian Kathy Peiss explores this extreme fashion and its mysterious career during World War II and after, as it spread from Harlem across the United States and around the world. She traces the unfolding history of this style and its importance to the youth who adopted it as their uniform, and at the same time considers the way public figures, experts, political activists, and historians have interpreted it. This outre style was a turning point in the way we understand the meaning of clothing as an expression of social conditions and power relations. Zoot Suit offers a new perspective on youth culture and the politics of style, tracing the seam between fashion and social action.

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  2. For over two centuries, in the North as well as the South, both within their own community and in the public arena, African Americans have presented their bodies in culturally distinctive ways. Shane White and Graham White consider the deeper significance of the ways in which African Americans have dressed, walked, danced, arranged their hair, and communicated in silent gestures. They ask what elaborate hair styles, bright colors, bandanas, long watch chains, and zoot suits, for example, have really meant, and discuss style itself as an expression of deep-seated cultural imperatives. Their wide-ranging exploration of black style from its African origins to the 1940s reveals a culture that differed from that of the dominant racial group in ways that were often subtle and elusive. A wealth of black-and-white illustrations show the range of African American experience in America, emanating from all parts of the country, from cities and farms, from slave plantations, and Chicago beauty contests. White and White argue that the politics of black style is, in fact, the politics of metaphor, always ambiguous because it is always indirect.To tease out these ambiguities, they examine extensive sources, including advertisements for runaway slaves, interviews recorded with surviving ex-slaves in the 1930s, autobiographies, travelers' accounts, photographs, paintings, prints, newspapers, and images drawn from popular culture, such as the stereotypes of Jim Crow and Zip Coon.

    $47.99
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  3. Zoot Suit Costume, with Jacket, Trousers and Braces

    $42.95
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  4. Zoot Suit Costume, with Jacket, Trousers and Braces

    $42.95
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  5. High-waist trousers, a coat with giant lapels, impossibly wide padded shoulders - it's back to the 1940s and the iconic zoot suit! IncludesLong jacket Pants (Gun shown not available)

    $49.80
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  6. Adult gangster zoot suit costume, includes top & pants (does not include shoes or cigar.) Costume is designed in a one size fits most adults style.

    $42.99
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  7. This child zoot suit / gangster costume is perfect for any costume party, especially for a Book Week celebration! This costume includes jacket, trousers and braces. Costume is a size medium (approx. 6-8 years old, 130cm in height.) Easily coordinated with the rest of our costume supplies to ensure that the costume is one to remember! NB: Costume does not include shoes, hat, moustache, shirt or tie. 100% polyester. See sizing chart in images for more sizing information.

    $37.99
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  8. SEAMLINK Zoot's proprietary stitch maximizes stretch, provides next-to-skin comfort, and minimises chafing. UPF 50 Protect yourself from harmful UV rays with UPF 50+ sun protection.

    $190.90
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  9. SEAMLINK Zoot's proprietary stitch maximizes stretch, provides next-to-skin comfort, and minimises chafing. UPF 50 Protect yourself from harmful UV rays with UPF 50+ sun protection.

    $190.90
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  10. Smiffy's Zoot Suit Costume comes with a Black with White Pin Striped Jacket , matching Trousers, Shirt Front & Tie. With a faux Rose in the Lapel of the jacket you'll be the talk of the town.

    $75.95
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  11. Adult gangster boss zoot suit costume. Designed in a large size (designed to fit a men's chest size 107-112cm - see sizing chart in images for more information.) Costume includes trousers, jacket, scarf and hat. Costume does NOT include shoes, undershirt or tie.

    $53.99
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  12. This child zoot suit / gangster costume is perfect for any costume party, especially for a Book Week celebration! This costume includes jacket, trousers and braces. Costume is a size large (approx. 10-12 years old, 145-158cm in height.) Easily coordinated with the rest of our costume supplies to ensure that the costume is one to remember! NB: Costume does not include shoes, hat, moustache, shirt or tie. 100% polyester. See sizing chart in images for more sizing information.

    $37.99
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  13. Adult gangster boss zoot suit costume. Designed in a medium size (designed to fit a men's chest size 97-102cm - see sizing chart in images for more information.) Costume includes trousers, jacket, scarf and hat. Costume does NOT include shoes, undershirt or tie.

    $53.99
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  14. Adult gangster boss zoot suit costume. Designed in a XL size (designed to fit a men's chest size 117-122cm - see sizing chart in images for more information.) Costume includes trousers, jacket, scarf and hat. Costume does NOT include shoes, undershirt or tie.

    $53.99
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  15. This adult red gangster zoot suit costume is perfect for heaps of different occasions! This costume includes jacket, trousers, hat, mock shirt and tie. Costume is a size medium (chest size 38-40.) NB: Costume does not include moustache or shoes. 100% polyester (exc. trims.) See sizing chart in images for more sizing information.

    $49.99
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  16. This adult red gangster zoot suit costume is perfect for heaps of different occasions! This costume includes jacket, trousers, hat, mock shirt and tie. Costume is a size XL (chest size 46-48.) NB: Costume does not include moustache or shoes. 100% polyester (exc. trims.) See sizing chart in images for more sizing information.

    $49.99
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  17. This adult red gangster zoot suit costume is perfect for heaps of different occasions! This costume includes jacket, trousers, hat, mock shirt and tie. Costume is a size large (chest size 42-44.) NB: Costume does not include moustache or shoes. 100% polyester (exc. trims.) See sizing chart in images for more sizing information.

    $49.99
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  18. SEAMLINK Zoot's proprietary stitch maximizes stretch, provides next-to-skin comfort, and minimizes chafing. UPF 50 Protect yourself from harmful UV rays with UPF 50+ sun protection.

    $157.70
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  19. SEAMLINK Zoot's proprietary stitch maximizes stretch, provides next-to-skin comfort, and minimizes chafing. UPF 50 Protect yourself from harmful UV rays with UPF 50+ sun protection.

    $157.70
    FREE shipping
  20. The NEW ULTRA Tri Carbon Chamois provides maximum comfort in the aero position. Nutrition storage is abundant with the four hip holster and back pockets. For maximum comfort and a chafe-free experience, we use SeamLink stitch construction. Focus on your race, not your racesuit. SEAMLINK Zoot's proprietary stitch maximizes stretch, provides next-to-skin comfort, and minimizes chafing. COLDBACK® Dark colors, by nature, absorb much visible and invisible light rays (i.e. heat) than lighter colors, making you hotter in the sun. When the suns shining, Coldblack® is working double duty to reflect UV rays and heat rays in dark apparel, keeping you cooler. Coldblack(R) makes dark apparel act like light colored apparel, letting less heat through and reflecting sun rays. Sun Reflector. UV Protector. Coldblack® UPF 50 Protect yourself from harmful UV rays with UPF 50+ sun protection. BIOwrap BIOwrap provides targeted muscle support for increased endurance and reduces damage caused by muscle vibration.

    $106.51
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