Get your mind out of the gutter folks, I’m talking about legendary designer Nudie Cohn!
Nudie was a Ukrainian-born American tailor who designed decorative rhinestone-covered suits, known popularly as “Nudie Suits,” and other elaborate outfits for some of the most famous celebrities of his era, including Gene Autry, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Robert Redford, Porter Wagoner, John Wayne, George Jones and so many more. His suits were iconic to say the least!
Cohn was equally famous for his garishly decorated automobiles. Between 1950 and 1975 he customized 18 vehicles, mostly white Pontiac Bonneville convertibles, with silver-dollar-studded dashboards, pistol door handles and gearshifts, extended rear bumpers, and enormous longhorn steer horn hood ornaments. They were nicknamed “Nudie Mobiles,” and the nine surviving cars have become valued collector’s items.
There’s even gonna be a nightclub currently under construction in Nashville that will feature a lot of his suits and cars! You can find out more about him here: http://www.nudiesrodeotailor.com/.
Here’s a Throwback Thursday photo for you of the late great George Jones wearing a “Nudie!”