Bobbie Cohn and Lefty Frizzell, c. 1951. Courtesy of Jamie Cuevas Nudie


Acknowledgments and Resources


Except where otherwise credited, all artifacts, photographs, and video in this exhibit are from the collection of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Artifact photography by Bob Delevante and the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

We are grateful to Holly George-Warren for generously sharing her in-depth knowledge and invaluable perspectives on the history of Western wear and the rodeo tailors.

Digital Archive

Explore more of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection on the Digital Archive

Suggested Reading

Bull, Dorothy, Hillbilly Hollywood: The Origins of Country & Western Style. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2000.

George-Warren, Holly and Freedman, Michelle, How the West Was Worn. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, 2001.

Nudie, Jamie Lee and Cabrall, Mary Lynn, Nudie the Rodeo Tailor. Utah: Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2004.

Weil, Steven E. and DeWeese, G. Daniel, Western Shirts: A Classic American Fashion. Utah: Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2004.

Resources for Classrooms and Families

Connect Suiting the Sound with the classroom or have fun as a family through resources, activities, coloring sheets, and more.

Dazzling Designs

Students learn about design through the lens of country music in the Museum’s visual arts programs Dazzling Designs and the Hatch Show Print Tour. Resources include pre- and post-program activities, PowerPoints, and student artwork exhibitions inspired by the work of visual artists and designers, including Manuel. Classroom resources are available here.

At Home Activities

Families are invited to bring home the history and magic of the Museum. Children may explore the Suiting the Sound exhibit with a fashion-themed scavenger hunt and express themselves with printable costume design coloring sheets. At home resources are available at

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