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Dwight Blocker Bowers

Dwight Bowers, Curator, Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume worn by American country singer Patsy Cline.

Collection Object: 
Patsy Cline's Costume
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
user
Cline, Patsy
maker
Hensley, Hilda
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22 1/2 in x 19 in; 57.15 cm x 48.26 cm
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Description
Made for country music star Patsy Cline by her mother, this Western-style performance outfit features record-shaped patches stitched with the titles of Cline's records. Cline began singing with gospel and country bands as a teenager in Virginia. With her 1957 breakout hit "Walkin' after Midnight," she became the first female country vocalist to cross over to the pop charts. In 1960, Cline achieved her childhood dream of joining the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Three years later, she died in a plane crash.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1958
Object Name
shirt
ID Number
2004.0008.01
accession number
2004.0008
catalog number
2004.0008.01
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures