Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Shopping from Arthur Miller: Work Jackets

by Lesli Larson
Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Readers of the online edition of the New York Times might have missed this 1950's era work jacket worn by Liev Shrieber's longshoreman character in the current revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge. The thumbnail image that accompanies the online review occupies a full half-page in the print edition. In this version of the production still, you can study the jacket's collar, cut, fabric (including wear marks), pocketing and buttons. (These details disappear into a generic, blue collar worker's garment on stage). I love the high placement of the slash pockets and loose fit of the sleeves (no cinch at the cuff). Another post could be dedicated to Scarlett Johansson's side buttoning wool skirt.

I'm assuming Schreiber's jacket was custom tailored for the Broadway production based on archival patterns and photographs. But if you're shopping for your own version, here are a few options in heavy duty Sanforized 8 oz fabric from the Ward's catalog:

Montgomery Wards

Economical, modern day option by Ben Davis

2 comments:

vaughn wascovich said...

Is Ben Davis still made in the states? I just received my 6th Pointer Brand chore coat. Inexpensive and well-made in the U.S. of A. Plus the barking website is pretty sweet. Oh, and found a small gold-mine in Honey Grove. A hardware store full of vintage (union, USA) Carhartt. A little dusty and faded but all for sale. My own slice of heaven.

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