Recently this photo came on my radar. Taken by Jean Pierre Leloir, it was attributed to the year 1946, making it quite surprising indeed. That’s a full eight years before Miles Davis got decked out in Ivy threads at The Andover Shop, yet here he is in a buttondown. I shared it on Twitter, saying it was the earliest known photo (to me, at least) of Miles in a buttondown.
I just sat down to post it here, with the planned headline of “Miles Before,” and stopped to do a quick fact check. Sure enough, it was incorrectly dated where I saw it, and is from ’56, not ’46, a full decade off. Style-wise, a lot can happen in a decade.
Of course it’s worth posting anyway. Just too bad we can’t see what the “Warlord of the Weejuns” was wearing on his feet. — CC