Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The Dandy Suit That America Banned And Caused A Riot

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You know the zoot suit. It's the suit that bad guys are usually wearing in comical mid-century gangster movies, but there's much more to this story than a stereotype.

In the 1940s and 50s, zoot suits were worn by Mexican-American hipsters who embraced the flamboyant oversized style of dress to express their desire for freedom from discrimination and racism as an underclass. The zoot suit caused a series of youth riots to break out in Los Angeles and was banned for the duration of WWII.

(via Miss Cellania)

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