Here’s the true story of how it all started: A man named Turk had a Western Wear shop in North Hollywood in the 40’s and he was just starting to make fancy suits. The Maddox brother had him make several suits for them. (So the suits the Maddox Bros. and I wore were made by Turk, or possibly even some by Nudie because Nudie worked for Turk. Turk taught Nudie how to make those fancy clothes). Then Nudie left Turk and started his own business and started making the clothes for all the Nashville entertainers. Also that famous gold lame suit for Elvis and also for Roy Rogers and Gene Autry and all the cowboys and he became really famous. Nudie was a great guy, I liked him a lot. I don’t remember ever meeting Bobbie but I might have. A few years ago at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Show in Vegas, I meet their grand daughter and she told me then that her Grandma was really sick.
Letterhead used by the late-Nudie Cohn, rodeo-tailor to the stars. Clients include Elvis, Jagger, Lennon…
Nudie Cohn, c.1955 | Submitted Anonymously
Everyone’s Tumblr nameplate should end with “…and Western equipment.”
Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright broke ground for our museum. They were also eager to donate personal stage wear for their display. (via Untitled Document)
Johnny Wright and Kitty Wells with one of Johnny’s Nudie Suits
Speaking of men who had the rare opportunity to fondle Dolly Parton’s funbags during the 60s and early 70s, here’s a picture of (supposedly) one of Porter’s Nudie Suits encased at the old Ryman auditorium.
(via the thanksgiving voyage)