Nudie Suits: Flashy Rodeo Fashion Of Rock And Country Stars

By Kellar Ellsworth
Left: Country-rocker Gram Parsons in his famous custom Nudie Suit circa 1969. Right: Robert Redford in the Nudie suit he wore in 'The Electric Horseman,' (1979). Sources: Photo by Jim McCrary/Redferns; IMDB

Few looks are as famous as the Nudie suit -- the embroidered, rhinestone-drenched getups worn by stars of country and rock music for decades. Gram Parsons, Jimmy Page, Elton John, and ZZ Top were all noted Nudie-wearers of the '60s and '70s, although the style first showed up on classic entertainers like Hank Williams, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton and George Jones. The always-outrageous style of the jackets and trousers designed by the late Nudie Cohn (he also did boots, shirts and hats) will probably never go away -- even though Cohn died in 1984, Nudie-inspired designs can be spotted on 21st-century artists from Wilco to Post Malone.

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