ANTIQUE VINTAGE BEN THE RODEO TAILOR WOMENS WESTERN OUTFIT SHIRT PANTS HAT. Bernard Lichtenstein, Rodeo Ben, started his business in the 1920's, and was the first tailor to specialize in fancy Western costumes. He traveled the rodeo circuit and offered individualized colors and motifs to his clients. His outfits were worn by many famous cowboys (and cowgirls) such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans.
In the 1940's he was hired by "BlueBell" to design denim pants for cowboys. His signature watch pocket (located just below the waist band at the right front pocket) became a fashion trend that we are all familiar with now days!
This "Ben the Rodeo" Tailor outfit is just drop-dead gorgeous! The tailored shirt features a silk embroidered floral motif, fine corded trim, front pockets, and pearl snap closures down the front and at the cuffs.
The trim fit western riding pants have matching embroidery and boot cut hems. Both are made from fine gabardine wool fabric in Kelly green, accented with soft tan. Also included is a vintage 1940's "Resistol" wool felt cowboy hat that matches the outfit beautifully. The outfit is in wonderful shape for being around 80 years old, but shows it's age a bit. There are no rips or holes, and all the snaps are tight.
The cording has come loose on the right cuff, and the tag inside the shirt is worn. There is a missing rivet near one pocket and the zipper is broken on the pants. It has been carefully stored over the years, and is clean with no bad odors.In spite of the age related imperfections, the outfit displays beautifully. You do not often come across such a unique western costume made by a famous tailor. It is museum quality and an amazing piece of history. Get Images that Make Supersized Seem Small. Tailor your auctions with Auctiva's. The item "RARE VINTAGE 1940s BEN THE RODEO TAILOR WESTERN OUTFIT SNAP SHIRT PANTS AND HAT" is in sale since Tuesday, October 03, 2017. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Women's Vintage Clothing\Suits & Coordinated Sets". The seller is "niftythingsrfun" and is located in Midwest. This item can be shipped to United States.