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Suit

Department Store:
Lord & Taylor (American, founded 1826)
Date:
1950
Culture:
American
Medium:
wool
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Robert Riley, 1964
Accession Number:
2009.300.877a, b
Not on view
The gray flannel suit, like this one dated to 1950, became an icon of the post-World War II era focus on work and upward mobility, as men returning from war replaced their military uniforms with a corporate one. Sloan Wilson's 1955 novel, "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit," and the 1956 film of the same name portrayed this development as a constrictive, potentially destructive influence. The gray flannel suit became even more popular after the book's publication and publisher Simon and Schuster created life-size cardboard cutouts of the silhouetted man on the book's cover and distributed them to stores.
Marking: Label (a): "Tailored/ Lord & Taylor/ The Man's Shop/ Fifth Avenue"
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