Patsy Cline's Costume

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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1958
Cline, Patsy
Hensley, Hilda
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
overall: 22 1/2 in x 19 in; 57.15 cm x 48.26 cm
overall: 22 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in x 1 in; 57.15 cm x 46.99 cm x 2.54 cm
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Clothing & Accessories
Music & Musical Instruments
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National Treasures exhibit
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Publication title
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
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