Deanna Brown Thomas

*The Ohio-based tailors who made James Brown’s signature capes are being sued over one in particular that the Godfather of Soul never got to wear.

Deanna Brown Thomas tells The Plain Dealer newspaper of Cleveland she sued her father’s longtime tailors Curtis and Marilyn Gibson as a last resort, after asking them repeatedly to turn over a silver cape made for the singer before he died in late 2006.

Thomas says she wants her father’s costumes for a museum and that she paid the Gibsons $7,000 for what they had.

Curtis Gibson claims that Thomas never contacted him about the cape and says he was stunned that she decided to sue him.

Both sides are due in a Cleveland area small claims court today. Gibson said he planned to bring the cape to the proceedings.