Man's Embellished Denim Jacket

Made by Lee Jeans Co., founded in Salina, Kansas, 1889-present. Decorated by Artist/maker unknown, American.

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
Early 1970s

Medium:
Blue cotton denim, metal studs, ink

Dimensions:
Center Back Length: 25 1/2 inches (64.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2004-132-30

Credit Line:
Gift of W. Carlyle Morris, 2004

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During 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.