Real Zoot Suit Acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

According to Smithsonian Magazine The Los Angeles County Museum of Art had to pay $80,000 for this beauty – setting a new record for menswear.

Apparently they’re ultra rare because most of them would have been fashioned into more “normal-looking” garments.

Read the original Smithsonian Magazine article here.

They estimate the year of origin to be 1940-42 and the short, wide tie is circa 1945 and is called a “belly warmer”.

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