“The Rhinestone Cowboy Tours The Southwest” opens tomorrow, Jan. 31, at Midtown Mercantile Merchants. It runs through the month of February.For well over 100 years and counting cowboys and cowgirls have loved “bling.” From the tips of their boots to the top of their hats they have used color, rhinestones and silver to garner attention. Even their horses would be decked out in hand carved leather and chased silver, as you can see in this parade horse outfit.
In the mid twentieth century the famous Nudie came on the scene. Based in California’s San Fernando Valley, he made his famous “Nudie suits” for singing cowboys, singing cowgirls, rock groups, movie stars and any cowgirl or cowboy who could afford his work. Today his suits are sought after, worth a pile of money, and highly collectible. They’ve been recently re-discovered by today’s generation which is making them even more valuable and sought after.Enjoy this walk down memory lane and come on into Midtown and take in some of our “Cowboy Bling!”
Carol Fenn 1-2019