Front View of Max Cita's Original Straitjacket (Size small)
This jacket is a real museum item. It is Max Cita's very first straitjacket, donated to Straitjacket Floats by Max Cita. Max describes the jacket this way:
"The Max Cita Straitjacket shirt material was a 14 once cotton, jean material but unbleached cotton. D-rings and buckles were purchased at local retail suppliers. Sewing was by hand or using a lightweight Singer sewing machine.
The Straitjacket is a pull on shirt, with a neck and waist opening only. The sleeve ends were sewn shut with buckles at each end. Leather was used to reinforce the sewing as needed. The crotch strap was a long thick leather belt sewn at the back and buckled at the waist in the front. The leather crotch belt was long enough to buckle not only at the waist - front, but was long enough to form a sleeve loop in front which had a second buckle at the collar. This configuration was somewhat easy to get into and out-of as a solo exercise. D-rings on a nylon webbing sewn into the sj collar could hold a removable leather collar that when done up, closed the neck opening of the sj."
As for the design, it is pretty unique. A pullover jacket with the crotch strap that comes up from behind to form the sleeve loop. The arms buckle behind via double buckles to a leather strap. Although Max says, he found "the ease in getting in and out was no longer a great challenge by 1984," the jacket would still present a interesting challenge for anyone else.
This is a great jacket in many ways, both for its historical past and for its unique design. You are all encouraged to follow the link below to read Max's personal story of this unique jacket and of the adventures that it generated. Max has also included a series of action photos of the jacket in use.
In closing we send a personal thank you to Max for his kind donation of this truly one of a kind item. And we wish Max all the success in the world for his continued endeavors in this crazy world of Straitjacket Fashion.
Don't miss the story and photos of:
Max Cita's Very First Straitjacket by Max Cita, founder of Caught-In-The-Act.