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Tuxedo jacket worn by Ray Charles

Single-breasted tuxedo jacket made of cornflower blue and gold metallic brocade synthetic fiber in a floral vine design worn by Ray Charles while performing at Wrestlemania 2 in New York on August 7, 1986. The jacket is detailed with black moire synthetic fiber on the knotched lapel and on flaps on each front side waist that mimic pockets (there are no exterior pockets). The jacket has full-length straight sleeves with faux slit cuffs and three decorative black plastic buttons at each cuff. The jacket closes at the center front with one black plastic button front closure. It has a double-vented back and rounded corners at each front side opening.

The black moire fabric continues along the cent...

April 7, 1986
Brocade synthetic fiber, moire synthetic fiber, and plastic buttons
78.7 x 55.9 x 30.5 cm
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