Rare Gilley’s Pasadena, TX Staff Apron

Back in the “Urban Cowboy” days (1970’s to 1980’s) many female employees at Gilley’s Pasadena, Texas wore a bright red combo bib/apron and attached skirt with either “Gilley’s” or “Gilley’s Waitress” across the chest in white stitching. You can see them in the “Urban Cowboy” film, pictured just below the mechanical bull on the famous Gilley’s Poster, in the Gilley’s staff picture from the 1982 Gilley’s calendar, etc.

This Gilley’s apron identified the wearer as an employee so customers could spot them quickly. They were never sold as merchandise so they are very rare. The fabric is some kind of knit, with a sponge-like feel to it. Our apron has no tags so the fabric is not identified. Here is a picture of the front of our “Gilley’s” version apron.

Gilley's Pasadena, TX Employee Apron/Skirt.

Gilley's Pasadena, TX Employee Apron/Skirt.

The shoulder straps attach with a metal clip that slides over a metal button. It looks kind of like suspenders. Here is a close up of the clips and buttons.

Gilley's Pasadena, TX employee apron/skirt shoulder strap clips.

Gilley's Pasadena, TX employee apron/skirt shoulder strap clips.

The back of the apron closes with a small metal clip sown into the waistband above a 6 inch zipper. Here is a picture of the back of the apron/skirt.

Gilley's employee apron/skirt back.

Gilley's Pasadena, TX employee apron/skirt back.

The apron was normally worn over a white short sleeve blouse. Though not blatantly sexual as the Gilley’s Girls outfits worn in the Gilley’s Las Vegas clubs, they are very cute and short enough to show some leg. Nowadays they’d probably wear them without the blouse. LOL



6 Responses to “Rare Gilley’s Pasadena, TX Staff Apron”
  1. Linda Hebert says:

    I wore one of these uniforms. Wish I still had it. Before we had these, we had black shirt/ jackets with Gilley’s written on the back. I just loved that one, we wore them over a shirt with jeans. Memories 🙂

  2. linda Campos says:

    Bubba, Did you get my comment ? I still have my apron and paycheck stub.

  3. Karen Lorraine Bragg says:

    I’ve got my mother’s Gillies uniform apron when she worked there when it first opened through
    urban cowboy until the place just burnt down I want to know and I got the original apron how much would it be worth today?

    • Hi Karen,

      There is no known market so price is very subjective. And a lot depends on condition.

      If you’re looking to sell it, send me some pictures and we’ll go from there.



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