Homegrown Country exhibit opens at Studio Bell

"Highlights include Hank Snow’s “Nudie Suit,” Wilf Carter’s cowboy boots and saddle, and other fun performance outfits from Shania Twain, Lucille Starr, k.d. lang, and Gordie Tapp"



A new exhibit opening Friday, is paying tribute to Canada’s country music history.

Outfits worn by Shania Twain, country pioneer Hank Snow and Lucille Starr, will be part of the National Music Centre’s “Homegrown Country” showcase, which opens its doors ahead of the Calgary Stampede.

Among the memorabilia on display is Snow’s vintage “Nudie suit,” a rhinestone-emblazoned outfit decorated with roses and designed by influential American tailor Nudie Cohn.

There’s also one of lang’s quirkiest looks, a dress adorned with felt cut-outs and miniature farm animals, created by the singer and her mother. She wore it on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and on the “Jim Henson Hour” in 1989.

Twain’s halter top from her first stadium tour in 1998 will also be part of the collection.

Other items include honky-tonk singer Dick Damron’s banjo and Gordie Tapp’s overalls from the variety TV series ”Hee Haw.”

The exhibit at the NMC, which is part of Studio Bell in downtown Calgary, runs until Jan. 6.

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