How the West Was Worn

How the West Was Worn

by Holly George-Warren, Michelle Freedman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810906150
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Sparkle Factor8
Introduction: Fashioning the West: The Pre-Twentieth-Century Origins of Western Wear10
Chapter 1Celluloid Style: Cowboy Fashions in the Reel West40
Chapter 2The Early Masters of Western Wear: Turk and Rodeo Ben56
Chapter 3Clothes Horses: The Singing-Cowboy Style of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers72
Chapter 4Nudie: Creator of the Rhinestone Cowboy86
Chapter 5From Vaudeville to Nashville: Country & Western Costuming102
Chapter 6Western Wear Beyond the West: Rodeo Attire, Dude-Ranch Duds, and Fiesta Dress122
Chapter 7Range in the Home: Postwar America Goes Western144
Chapter 8Go West, Young Man: Cowboy Clothes Meet Rock & Roll and the Spaghetti Western156
Chapter 9Manuel: Modern-Day Master Tailor170
Chapter 10Enter the Urban Cowboy: Texas Low Style Meets Western High Fashion182
Chapter 11Hillbilly Cats, Long Ryders, and the Return of the Rhinestone Cowboy: Contemporary Artists and Western Wear192
Chapter 12Ready-to-Western Wear: Cowboy Style Takes a Global Gallop202
Chapter 13The Last Round-Up: The Old Becomes New in the Twenty-first Century216
Notes on Sources230
Photograph Credits238

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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.