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Lot #5134
Johnny Cash's Custom-Made Blue Star Outfit by Nudie's Rodeo Tailors

Johnny Cash's star-and-moon outfit custom-crafted by Nudie's Rodeo Tailors

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Johnny Cash's star-and-moon outfit custom-crafted by Nudie's Rodeo Tailors

Johnny Cash's custom-made outfit by Nudie's Rodeo Tailors of North Hollywood, California, featuring black pants and a black jacket, both embroidered in navy blue with decorative details. The jacket is embroidered with moons and stars on the chest, back, cuffs, and collar, and features a fiddle back, golden buttons, belt sewn in the back, and patch pockets on the front, with the Nudie's tags sewn inside, labeled: "Name: Johnny Cash, Date: 1-17-77." The matching pants have blue stars down the sides, a zippered fly with button/clasp closure, front pockets, and no back pockets, with Nudie's tags sewn inside the waist, labeled: "Name: Johnny Cash, Date: 1-17-77, Size: 38-35." In fine condition.

Accompanied by a color copy of a Johnny Cash order form (dated "1-16-77") from Nudie's Rodeo Tailors Archives, part of the collection of the Autry Museum of the American West. The form calls for "6 black gab shirt jackets and pants," including "1 outfit with half moon and silver stars," "2 outfits blue stars," "2 outfits silver stars," "1 outfit silver and blue stars," with the other specifications called for largely corresponding to the present outfit.

Though forever known as the 'Man in Black,' Johnny Cash's iconic outfits were sometimes characterized by their boldness and flair, featuring intricate embroidery or elaborate designs. Nudie Cohn, of Nudie's Rodeo Tailors, played a pivotal role in shaping Cash's distinctive style, crafting custom-made suits that reflected Cash's rebellious spirit and cowboy aesthetic. Cash's fashion choices not only made a statement but also became synonymous with his outlaw image, leaving an indelible mark on the world of country music fashion.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #693 - Ended May 23, 2024