Zoot suit Riots

In Los Angeles’s infamous “Zoot Suit riots” of 1943, young Chicanos in zoot suits (or “Pachucos” as they were called) were targeted by thousands of white sailors who asserted their racial supremacy by beating and stripping wearers of the fashion. As the days passed historical records show that thousands of servicemen joined the attacks. After several days the military intervened.
During the riots many females who were “Pachucas” (we would probably say “Chola” today) or were in the presence of a zoot suiter were arrested as well (via)


Happy teenagers in the 1940’s.


1930’s. Anonymous entertainer jitterbigging on stage.(via)

Cab Calloway performing.

The zoot suit was first seen in the 1930s in New York at the height of the Harlem Jazz culture. Many referred to them as “drapes.”
During that time, the suit was worn by and popularized by African-Americans. A Fedora hat was also often worn to complement the zoot suit.


Betty Boop has been brought back to life !
Photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott from W magazine
She’s called Lindsay Wixson, created by Steven Meisel or Prada?(Photo:Alasdair McLellan/Styling:Edward Enninful)
I’m not really a model-person or -fan, mostly I tend to look at clothes not the model. The “world” behind making a model though, I find quite interesting. In this case, Ms Wixson is so obviously moulded into a character. Nothing new, I hear you say. But hold on; of the cartoon kind! BETTY BOOP, My all-time favorite, is walking around in the flesh! I really keep on loving this make-believe world called fashion! I’m not sure I want to be in Ms Wixson’s shoes though, but that’s a different story.
Prada_ SS2010_Campaign

I already was in love with Prada’s S 2012 campaign (above),
when Ms Wixson was not fully transformed into Betty yet.

1930’s Mae Questel, the original Betty Boop
Created by Max Fleischer.