“Zoot Suit Riots Revisited: Meditations on the Politics of Style”

by Kathy Peiss


October 25, 2005

The Zoot Suit was infamous for its role in the 1943 Los Angeles riot, in which white servicemen attacked Mexican-American zooters and literally tore the clothes off their backs. What is the relationship between fashion and social action, style and resistance? This lecture revisits the zoot suit, as clothing and as cultural and political symbol.

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