Western Suit

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Western Suit


The Walking Box Ranch Collection


This is a set of a cream-colored shirt with a cream-colored set of trousers. The shirt contains a tag stating "Rex Bell's Walking Box Brand Las Vegas Reno" in green, black and yellow coloring. The shirt is embroidered with floral rose patterns, consisting of pink roses with silver gems and reddish-pink outline stitching. The roses are complete with dark green-stitched stems and light green leaves.The designs are on the cuffs of the sleeves, up the sleeves and onto the chest and collar of the shirt, as well as around the top back of the shirt. The shirt is outlined with dark-red embroidery around the cuffs of the shirt, and the middle of the shirt to create a space for the buttons. Up the center of the shirt are 6 snapping buttons with a silver pearl-type finish, as well as silver gems. Each cuff has 5 snapping buttons that match the silver pearl-type finish buttons on the front of the shirt. The shirt has multiple small holes throughout. The right back hip portion of the shirt states "Embroidery by Viola Grae," and the left back hip portion of the shirt says "Rex Bell," both in red stitching. The shirt is complete with a cream-colored pair of trousers. There is slight staining throughout the articles of clothing, particularly near the foot of the pants and the armpit portion of the shirt to indicate wear.


Division of Educational Outreach, University of Nevada-Las Vegas




UNLV Division of Educational Outreach


The object is available for education and research purposes and are a part of the UNLV Division of Educational Outreach Collection. This image may not be reproduced for commercial purposes without the express written consent of the UNLV Division of Educational Outreach Collection


This item is related to fashion, potentially Western costume or fashion, as well as commercial sales.


Measurements: Length 61 in., Width 23.5 in., Height 8 in.




Physical Object


Creator: Rex Bell's Walking Box Brand
Viola Grae


PAR Room 103: "Workroom" 2-13-20


The embroidery was done by Viola Grae, an artist who did business with Rex Bell, and according to one source, was responsible for all of the embroidered Western-Wear in his shop. She was well-known in Rodeo and Western-Wear circles for her elaborate work. Known for its elaborate and eclectic style, she and Rex Bell were part of a vernacular style of Western Wear that reached its height from the 1930s to the 1970s among rodeo circles and Western Film stars that grew into a larger market of interest in the mythic West.


Viola Grae - Link to Book "A Hundred Year's of Western Wear"

Beard, Tyler. 100 Years of Western Wear. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 1993. 

George-Warren, Holly and Michelle Freedman. How the West was Worn. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2001.

Rex Bell sold such pieces in his store, shown here.


Entry created by Kassidy Whetstone


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Western Suit, Division of Educational Outreach, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 1950s-1960s

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