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.
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.
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.
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