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THE PRISONER  

     COSTUME

       
        More questions have been asked about the costume of Number Six - especially the blazer - than any other Prisoner topic in over 30 years of appreciation of the cult series. And so, to provide all the information usually requested, here are the answers and pictures. Firstly, there was a different jacket (also called a blazer) in the early episodes, which had continuous or 'unbroken' braiding (also called piping) around the collars, lapels and along the lower front and rear bottom edge. However, the jacket worn mostly by Number Six has 'broken' braiding on the lapels, as in the first picture below. This is the most popular version and regarded as the correct individual style. What is often asked is what colour is the dark fabric. The answer is a surprising dark brown, although it rarely looks like this on TV.

        In the first picture below the brownish hue can be seen and the slightly coarse material, not smooth. The braiding is not white, as it appears to be, but is off-white. Over the years the colour aged and in 1986 the jacket was photographed for a video release (see third picture below). In that shot the braiding weave can be seen and its colour being far from white. In the second row of pictures the jacket can be seen in the right hand shot as being worn by actor George Baker in "Arrival", playing the part of Number Two. In the bottom row, the first photo shows the jacket in the 1990s (owned then by the writer - see below) and the second shot shows the three pockets sewn onto the outside. The inner lining is a shiny, mid brown, as seen in the middle and bottom row shots. There are two front buttons and one on each cuff. There is no rear vent. The jersey is blue and worn not tucked into the trousers. A belt and buckle are seen in the first shot. The trousers are light tan (or fawn, or 'camel') with slit front pockets. The socks are a shade or two darker than the lace-up boating shoes (see last shot).

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Roger Langley

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