Cowgirl Fashion–Prairie Rose Henderson

In the early 1900s, Prairie Rose Henderson was a popular performer whoprairie-rose-henderson_bloomers created a bit of a stir by being one of the first to wear bloomers to ride. Despite the “racy” look (showing quite a bit of leg), it was still feminine and had to have been more comfortable and probably safer than voluminous skirts while riding broncs.

She wowed the crowds with her handmade fancy costumes, which were often decorated with beads, feathers, and sequins.

The Hall of Fame cowgirl was a champion bronc rider and a competitive relay race rider from 1901well  into the 1930s.

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Published in: on January 15, 2009 at 4:42 am  Comments (5)  
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  1. THAT was “quite a bit of leg?” Oh my. And to think that celebrities like Lindsay Lohan offend the sensibilities of even today’s standards.

  2. I’ll bet she was reborn as one of my peers in the Flower Children generation of the 60’s. that or she missed her era. LOL

    Another cool post!

  3. So is that muppet Praire Dawn named after this cowgirl?

    Brooke

  4. That is quite a fancy, frilly costume and about as feminine as you can get!

  5. There was more than one, Prairie Rose. The original was Rose Belle Gale, Prairie Rose Henderson, who won the Frontier Days relay race 1906, and joined the Charles Irwin Wild West Show. Rose was born 1875, died Feb 1933, when she was lost in a blizzard in Wyoming and froze to death.


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