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Finding Aid to the Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors Archives MSA.30
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Description
Nudie Cohn, born Nuta Kotlyrenko in Kiev (1902 December 15 - 1984 May 9), was a Russian immigrant who moved to America in 1913. Born into a family of boot makers and tailors, he made a name for himself in Western style tailoring. Nudie’s custom clothing was distinguished by its sharp fit and eye-catching embellishments. His work became famous in the Western music scene in the 1950s, and his client base grew over four decades to include movie studios, movie stars, rock and roll musicians, and equestrian parade participants. Nudie is famous for outfitting Roy Rogers in rhinestone-studded fringe, creating the gold lamé suit Elvis wore in 1957, and the light-up suit donned by Robert Redford in The Electric Horseman. The Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors Archives collection spans 1950-1994 and includes customer clothing files, correspondence, boot patterns, financial records, photographs, and publications.
Background
Nudie Cohn (1902 December 15 - 1984 May 9) was a poor Russian immigrant who became one of the most famous and successful American Western wear designers of the twentieth century. Born Nuta Kotlyrenko to a Jewish boot maker and his wife in Kiev, Nuta was a tailor’s apprentice by age eight. At age eleven he was sent to America with his older brother to take up residence with relatives in Brooklyn, New York. At Ellis Island, his first name was misunderstood by immigration officers as “Nudie,” and the two brothers gave Cohn as their surname, to match their relatives in Brooklyn; thus Nudie Cohn was born.
Extent
28.0 Linear feet 64 boxes
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Availability
Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. Customer name index is available from Library Staff.