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Nudie Suits

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Hank Williams' Nudie Suits

Hank Williams's Nudie Suits

Image Courtesy of Donn Jones/Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Nudie suits are flamboyant cowboy outfits that country-western singers first began to wear in the 1950s, inspired by the singing cowboys of Hollywood.

Where Does the Name Come From?

Nudie suits are named after the man who made them -- Nudie Cohn, a North Hollywood tailor who became the go-to clothier for country-western stars.

Who Wore Nudie Suits?

Cohn's clients included Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, and Porter Wagoner.

Hallmarks

Rhinestones, bright colors, and intricate embroidery are all signatures of a custom-made Nudie suit.

Famous Nudie Suits

  • Gram Parsons's Nudie suit had a distinctly counterculture vibe. It was embroidered with marijuana leaves, naked women, and an assortment of pills. The suit appeared most prominently on the cover of The Flying Burrito Brothers' 1969 album The Gilded Palace of Sin.
  • Elvis Presley's gold lame tuxedo had one of the biggest price tags of any Nudie suit: $10,000. It appeared on the cover of Elvis' 1959 album 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong.
  • Hank Williams' most iconic outfit was a white Nudie suit with musical notes stitched along the sleeves.

"Nudie Mobiles"

In addition to his Western wear, Nudie Cohn occasionally designed automobile. The most famous is his pistol-studded car for Webb Pierce. It later went on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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