To accompany an exhibition at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, chief curator James Nottage briefly reviews the evolution of clothing that people actually wore in frontier America. Then a team of popular culture historians trace the versions that have appeared in movies, television, and concert stage throughout the 20th century.
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|Publisher:||Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|
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Table of Contents
|Foreword: The Sparkle Factor||8|
|Introduction: Fashioning the West: The Pre-Twentieth-Century Origins of Western Wear||10|
|Chapter 1||Celluloid Style: Cowboy Fashions in the Reel West||40|
|Chapter 2||The Early Masters of Western Wear: Turk and Rodeo Ben||56|
|Chapter 3||Clothes Horses: The Singing-Cowboy Style of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers||72|
|Chapter 4||Nudie: Creator of the Rhinestone Cowboy||86|
|Chapter 5||From Vaudeville to Nashville: Country & Western Costuming||102|
|Chapter 6||Western Wear Beyond the West: Rodeo Attire, Dude-Ranch Duds, and Fiesta Dress||122|
|Chapter 7||Range in the Home: Postwar America Goes Western||144|
|Chapter 8||Go West, Young Man: Cowboy Clothes Meet Rock & Roll and the Spaghetti Western||156|
|Chapter 9||Manuel: Modern-Day Master Tailor||170|
|Chapter 10||Enter the Urban Cowboy: Texas Low Style Meets Western High Fashion||182|
|Chapter 11||Hillbilly Cats, Long Ryders, and the Return of the Rhinestone Cowboy: Contemporary Artists and Western Wear||192|
|Chapter 12||Ready-to-Western Wear: Cowboy Style Takes a Global Gallop||202|
|Chapter 13||The Last Round-Up: The Old Becomes New in the Twenty-first Century||216|
|Notes on Sources||230|
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If your idea of Western wear is John Wayne in chaps and creased 10 gallon hat - forget it. Rolling Stone Press Editor Holly George-Warren and clothing designer Michelle Freedman have produced a luxe look at Western garb that is more Las Vegas than Laredo. The iconic American cowboy typifies our country's spirit to many, from New York City sidewalk stompers who have no saddles but don boots to diamond encrusted Grammy award winners who twang with the best of them. So, for those attracted by the lore and lure of ranching days, here is a photographed filled bow to all garb Western. It begins with the practical clothing needed by scours, traders, and ranch workers, then details how early movie stars such as Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Dale Evans and Roy Rogers spurred a popular trend in cowboy wear. That vogue was to later influence British rock musicians and high end fashion designers such as Ralph Lauren. 'There's a little bit of cowboy in everybody,' the foreword states and that would be seem to be true as the pages of How The West Was Worn reveal glimpses of tastefully displayed silver buckles, jauntily worn Stetsons, and rhinestone embellished rigs that never saw a range.