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Western Suit Jacket Shoulders

Bristolian

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So I was watching Hustle on BBC One the other night and one character (a casino owner from the southern states of the U.S) was wearing a western-style suit with a bolo-tie. The one thing that stood out to me were the shiny (leather maybe?) lining on the seam of the shoulders...

Does anybody know what this is called? and/or if a jacket like this is available to buy without it having to be custom-made?



Although I'm not too keen on those oversized lapels.

TIA,
The Bristolian.
 

cptjeff

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Going off the fit, I'm guessing that was done by the costume designer taking an existing jacket, opening the top of the shoulder seam, and sticking some leather in there. It's certainly not a standard feature. It's something a costume designer thought up to make it different, and due to the context of the bolo, you're assuming the difference marks it as something western. In other words, it worked.

"Normal" western jackets will have pointed shoulder yokes in the front and back. But that thing is about as authentically western as a nudie suit.
 

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Originally Posted by cptjeff
Going off the fit, I'm guessing that was done by the costume designer taking an existing jacket, opening the top of the shoulder seam, and sticking some leather in there. It's certainly not a standard feature. It's something a costume designer thought up to make it different, and due to the context of the bolo, you're assuming the difference marks it as something western. In other words, it worked.

Yup, seems that way to me too. And it's a great little touch which makes the character seem more interesting, even from just the photos. Nice design work.
 

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Originally Posted by cptjeff
Going off the fit, I'm guessing that was done by the costume designer taking an existing jacket, opening the top of the shoulder seam, and sticking some leather in there. It's certainly not a standard feature. It's something a costume designer thought up to make it different, and due to the context of the bolo, you're assuming the difference marks it as something western. In other words, it worked.

"Normal" western jackets will have pointed shoulder yokes in the front and back. But that thing is about as authentically western as a nudie suit.


Haha, no wonder I didn't strike gold with my internet searching.

Thanks a lot for your info... I might go hunting for some decent leather and have a go at this.
 

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