| This 1970s tuxedo jacket was worn by “George Jefferson” portrayed by actor Sherman Hemsley in “The Jeffersons”. The garment is constructed of a black velvet pinstripe fabric with black silk peak lapel, single button closure, and silk lined pockets. Internal manufacture “Lord West” label with “6358” hadwritten and “The Wardrobe Wing” label.
Mr. Hemsley wore the tuxedo jacket throughout Season 8 Episode 11 “A Charmed Life” when "George" is not invited to an exclusive social-climber party because the host hates his “George’s” guts. Ashamed, “George” hires an expert to give him charm classes to become more personable in social settings. Wanting to practice his new social skills, “George’ and "Louise" put on their best outfits to entertain a special guest at their apartment. Throughout the evening, he lays the charm on too thick leaving a bad impression on his guest. Worn in Season 6 Episode 2 "A Short Story" as "George" is attending a gala to receive "The Midtown Small Businessman of the Year" award. Neither he nor "Louise" realize until late into the evening that it is not an award for “Small Business Owners" but "Short People who own businesses".
The Jefferson’s was an American sitcom broadcasted by CBS from 1975 through 1985. A spin-off of from the sitcom “All in the Family”, The Jefferson’s “moved on up” to the upper east side of Manhattan and began living as an affluent black family. The series ran for 11 seasons with a total 253 episodes, making The Jefferson’s one of the longest running sitcoms in US history. Also noted for its controversial topics including racism, suicide, and gun control, which was taboo for syndicated television in the 1970’s. The show was nominated for 13 Emmy awards, and actress Isabel Sanford who played Louise, won Best Actress in 1981.
This item is in good screen worn condition and was acquired directly from the costume designer Betsey Potter, who worked on seasons 5-11. Ms. Potter went on to establish and oversee the wardrobe department for Embassy TV (formerly TAT/Tandem). The department also supplied wardrobe to Sanford and Son, One Day At A Time, Maude, All in the Family, Good Times, Married With Children, and other iconic television shows produced by Norman Lear and Embassy TV. Ms. Potter has maintained and housed these garments for the past 40 years.
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