Costume and Textiles
Man's Embellished Denim JacketMade in United States, North and Central America
Made by Lee Jeans Co., founded in Salina, Kansas, 1889-present. Decorated by Artist/maker unknown, American.
Blue cotton denim, metal studs, ink
Currently not on view
2004-132-30Gift of W. Carlyle Morris, 2004
LabelDuring the hippie era, the unique statements made by one-of-a-kind garments were seen as an authentic repudiation of conformity to the establishment. Manufactured garments were sometimes modified—such as the blue jeans and denim jackets that had begun as symbols of the working class—and were commonly seen as blank canvases for individual embellishment. Since gender roles were also challenged, free-form "flower power" designs could include those previously deemed solely feminine.