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How To Be (Almost) As Cool As Mr Miles Davis

April 2016Words by Mr Adam Welch

Mr Miles Davis on stage in West Germany, circa 1959. Photograph by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

One of the 20th century’s greatest pioneers of jazz – if not music in general – Mr Miles Davis was no slouch when it came to throwing together an outfit. In fact, his style, like his music, had a staggering range, shifting over the course of his career from English-style tailoring (according to The Guardian, he used to home-notch the lapels of his suits to imitate the Duke of Windsor) to the far-out, defiantly funky ensembles (and giant hexagonal shades) he adopted in the 1970s and 1980s, after single-handedly inventing the musical genre of “fusion” with his seminal album Bitches Brew (an essential listen, by the way). Such sartorial prowess is fully reflected in new biopic Miles Ahead, directed by and starring Mr Don Cheadle as the iconic trumpeter, and featuring some fantastic costumes from designer Ms Gersha Phillips. But there’s also plenty of inspiration to be found from the man himself. Below, MR PORTER selects a trio of tips from Mr Davis’s prodigious wardrobe.

Recording the album Quiet Nights with producer Mr Gil Evans, New York, August 1962. Photograph by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images