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1940s Zoot Suit: exaggerated jacket with oversized padded shoulders, loose trousers sharply tapered at the ankle.

1940s Zoot Suit: exaggerated jacket with oversized padded shoulders, loose trousers sharply tapered at the ankle.

'ZOOT SUIT RIOTS' DOCUMENTARY by JOSEPH TOVAREZ by EL PROYECTO PACHUCO on Myspace

'ZOOT SUIT RIOTS' DOCUMENTARY by JOSEPH TOVAREZ by EL PROYECTO PACHUCO on Myspace

Zoot Suit 1943 | ... youth. The seed of discord was a suit. A fabulous suit. A zoot suit

Zoot Suit 1943 | ... youth. The seed of discord was a suit. A fabulous suit. A zoot suit

Zoot Suit 1943 | Zoot Suits in Los Angeles, California. Lopez was a witness to the 1943 ...

Zoot Suit 1943 | Zoot Suits in Los Angeles, California. Lopez was a witness to the 1943 ...

"Hepcat here's about six weeks away from the Big Adios..."

"Hepcat here's about six weeks away from the Big Adios..."

The zoot suit is an oversized suit that was popular among many African and Mexican Americans. This ensamble directly violated the regulations and was often used as an excuse to arrest people of these races.