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1943’s “Zoot Suit Riots” take their name from the high-waisted wool trousers and baggy, long-tailed suit coats then worn by many Los Angeles...

“Zoot Suit Riots” take their name from the high-waisted wool trousers and baggy, long-tailed suit coats then worn by many Los Angeles.

Bill Bojangles Robinson and Cab Calloway in scene from "Stormy Weather" 1943.

Bill Bojangles Robinson and Cab Calloway in scene from "Stormy Weather"

Zoot-suits were worn by lower class Mexican and African Americans. Very loose and long pants with an extremely large jacket. The zoot-suit was a distinctive part of the "Pachuco" culture, and a way for the youth of minority groups to express their individuality and feelings of rebellion. People saw wearing the zoot-suit as a deliberate, public, and obnoxious way of ignoring the rationing/war effort after the War Production  Board nearly banned the production of them. Distinctions were…

Zoot-suits were worn by lower class Mexican and African Americans. Very loose and long pants with an extremely large jacket. The zoot-suit was a way for the youth of minority groups to express their individuality and feelings of rebellion.

Zoot Suits represented a Mexican-American teenage cultural fashion that was made out of material that was discouraged from purchasing during World War II due to rations. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Zoot suits represented a Mexican-American teenage cultural fashion that was made out of material that was discouraged from purchasing during WWII due to rations.

Chicano Student WALKOUTS- March 6th-9th, 1968

"Education Not Eradication" - Chicano high school walkouts, March Photo credit: Chicano Student News, courtesy California Library for Social Studies and Research — in Los Angeles, California.

The men pictured here are wearing zoot-suits which were traditionally associated with urban jazz culture. These men were urban minorities and/or juvenile delinquents whose choice of dress communicated information about their background and ethnicity. Many young zoot-suit wearers brought their post-war political frustrations to the media's attention during the zoot-suit riots of 1943.

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routinely depicted young, zoot suit wearing Mexican Americans, not only as being unpatriotic for wearing their outfits, but also as lowlife street thugs.

* MAN'S WOOL ZOOT SUIT, N.J., 1938-1942 New York City 2 different pattern striped wools, long fitted coat, oversize padded shoulders & exterior pouch pockets, red plastic buttons, high-waist balloon pants, pegged cuffs, 4 slash pockets, crudely made suspenders in cinnamon wool, Sh-Sh 26", Ch 45", Jacket L 41", High W (taken in) 32", Outseam 50.5", Inseam 31", (large L-shaped tear near 1 pant pocket, darning on jacket's L shoulder) very good. From Newark, N.J. area

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Makes you think twice about the idea that anything goes these days. She looks great, but, guys, although I love it, I think you may want to pause before you bring this look back.

Dancing couple in the with Zoot Suit. The zoot suits were mainly worn by African Americans and Mexican Americans in a kind of style warfare.

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