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Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press Pop Music Critic
Some of Marvin Gaye’s cool threads from the 1970s and 1980s will be unveiled this weekend at the Motown Museum in Detroit.
A cap, jacket and pants, uncovered during a recent “archive dive,” will be put on display Saturday through the end of April. A video showing the clothes will be posted to the museum’s Facebook page at 3 p.m.EDT Friday.
The display coincides with the release of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the late soul legend on April 2, which would have been Gaye’s 80th birthday.
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“Marvin Gaye played an integral role in shaping the Motown Sound, but aside from his legendary musical contributions, he was also known for his iconic style,” Motown Museum chairwoman and CEO Robin Terry said. “His look still influences culture and fashion today as Motown’s influence has transcended generations.
“As we continue to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Motown Record Corp. and the release of the commemorative stamp, we are honored to share with fans around the world a rare opportunity to see these authentic and special clothing items.”
The knit cap was one that Gaye wore during his “What’s Going On” era in the early 1970s. The singer owned many caps in a variety of colors; the one at the museum is green with orange and yellow striping.
Gaye wore the military-style jacket and pants during his “Midnight Love” era and the “Sexual Healing” tour. The jacket, a deep burgundy with gold accents, has elaborate patching and ropes that give “insight into Marvin’s eagerness and boldness to take on the new chapter of his career,” museum officials said.
The museum announced earlier this year that it would be conducting a series of archive dives to uncover new artifacts. The pieces will be unveiled in special displays that will coincide with key dates throughout the celebration of the record company’s 60th anniversary.
For more information, go to the museum’s website at www.motownmuseum.org.
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