Whether you grew up watching him, or his show completely predated your existence, when you hear the name Porter Wagoner, you can picture him. His blonde pompadour. His even blonder sidekick, Dolly. And man oh man, his colorful blinged-out suits.
The Porter Wagoner Show ran the entirety of the 1960s and 70s, during an era when fashion was getting a lot more colorful and a lot more funky. Silhouettes had flare and skirts had swing, and the world of Western wear was full of twang.
It also coincided with the emergence of Nudie Cohn onto the mainstream scene. The illustrious tailor who got his start making undergarments for showgirls, had gotten a foothold in the western world via the musician Tex Williams, and evolved into creating garments for some of the era’s biggest stars, like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Elton John.