Thursday, September 10, 2015

The World of Elvis Jumpsuits – 68 Pictures of Elvis Presley Performing in His Iconic Jumpsuits during the 1970s

The suits are organized by the years that Elvis wore them, to show his progression in selecting the jumpsuits for each season. Some were used for several years, others for only a few tours. Here, we take a look back at The King of Rock and Roll's iconic style in the 1970s and what would become his signature piece later in his career—the jumpsuit.

1. Conchos Suit (1970)


One of the jumpsuits Elvis wore during the filming of the 1970 documentary film "Elvis - That's The Way It Is". This is the only "TTWII jumpsuit" Elvis did not wear again during his two 1970 tours, but he did use it again in 1971.


2. Fringe Suit (1970)


This suit made its debut on the opening night of the 1970 August/September Las Vegas engagement, while MGM was filming the documentary film "Elvis: That's The Way It Is".

It has turned out that there were most likely two 'identical' version of the "Fringe Suit"... the 'first version' was worn during August/September (Vegas), as well as September (tour). The 'second version' came to play for the November 1970 tour; it had slightly 'thinner', as well as more fringes than the previous version.

Elvis wore the "Fringe Suit" with at least three different belts, and different colored scarves. Interestingly, the order of the wooden beads on the fringes was altered basically in-between each tour.


3. Nail Swirl (1970)


Most likely first worn during the 1970 August/Sepember Las Vegas engagement, but so far, no pictures had surfaced.


4. Red Ladder (1970)


One of the jumpsuits Elvis first wore during the early part of the 1970 August/September Las Vegas engagement, while MGM was filming "Elvis: That's The Way It Is". The suit was worn on tour only once after the August/September Vegas engagement.


5. White Brocade Suit (1970)


There were two 'identical' versions made of this suit, with only one minor difference... the 'trim' on the v-shaped opening/collar was different color on both suits; the other version had blue/silver, while the other was basically orange.

Although this suit is mostly associated with the 1970 January/February Vegas engagement, it was also used during one of the 1970 Astrodome gigs, and again during the August/September Las Vegas stand. It's even possible that Elvis wore it during his first 1971 Vegas engagement.


6. Wing Suit (1970)


There were two very similar versions made of this suit. The 'first version' was worn during the 1970 LA show; compared to the 'second version', it had longer fringes, and some small differences on the lapel and collar. The 'second version' was worn in Vegas during the 1971 January/February engagement.


7. Chain Suit (1970)


The "Chain Suit" was first worn during the early part of the 1970 August/September Las Vegas engagement, while MGM was filming "Elvis: That's The Way It Is".

Elvis wore the suit several times during 1970, with several different belts. All in all, it was worn with at least five(!) different belts.


8. Black Cisco Kid Two-piece with red shoulders (1971)


There were several "Cisco Kid" jumpsuits and two-piece suits made, but none of them were ever worn outside Vegas/Tahoe (on tour), with the exception of some of the two-piece "Cisco Kid" jackets. Elvis wore them as casual wear during 1974.


9. Black Cisco Kid Jumpsuit with green shoulders (1971)


There were several "Cisco Kid" jumpsuits and two-piece suits made, but none of them were ever worn outside Vegas/Tahoe (on tour), with the exception of some of the two-piece "Cisco Kid" jackets. Elvis wore them as casual wear during 1974. This is one of the suits that was sold in EPE's auction held in the 90's... it is still in the hands of a private collector.


10. Black Cisco Kid Two-piece with red shoulders (1971)


There were several "Cisco Kid" jumpsuits and two-piece suits made, but none of them were ever worn outside Vegas/Tahoe (on tour), with the exception of some of the two-piece "Cisco Kid" jackets. Elvis wore them as casual wear during 1974.


11. Black Fireworks (1971)


This was the very first jumpsuit that was designed with a matching cape. Elvis also had two other "Fireworks" suits; White Fireworks and Royal Blue Fireworks.


12. Black Pinwheel (1971)


First worn during the 1971 November tour, and it's very likely that Elvis wore this suit also during his 1972 January/February Las Vegas engagement. This was one of the three "pinwheel" suits Elvis had: White Pinwheel & Red Pinwheel


13. Cobweb suit


Elvis wore this suit VERY rarely, possibly only once or twice during the 1971 July/August Lake Tahoe engagement, and never on tour.


14. Snowflake (1971)


The nickname for this suit comes from the fact that Elvis wore this suit for the first time on November 8th, 1971 for his Philadelphia concert at The Spectrum. When this suit was worn again in 1972, a few nails were added on the front of the suit. There was an "upgraded version" made of this suit in 1973; 1973 Snowflake.


15. Turquoise Concho (1971)


This suit was never worn outside Las Vegas (on tour), but there is a slight chance that it could have been worn in Lake Tahoe during the same year.

The belt of the suit was also worn with the 1972 White Turquoise Concho Two Piece suit during the 1972 August/September Las Vegas engagement.


16. White Fireworks (1971)


This suit made it's debut during the latter part of 1971. It was used only once on tour during that year, but Elvis started wearing it again during early 1972.

The belt of this suit was used with at least three other suits during 1972.

Elvis also had two other "Fireworks" suits; Black Fireworks and Royal Blue Fireworks.


17. White Nail Suit (1971)


First worn around the same time as the "Knot Suit", which would make it as 1971 January/February Las Vegas engagement.


18. White Pinwheel (1971)


One of the three "pinwheel" suits Elvis had. Later (in 1972) Elvis would wear the belt with the Eyelet suit. Most likely Elvis wore this suit also during his 1972 January/February Las Vegas stand.

This was one of the jumpsuits Elvis wore during the filming of the 1972 documentary "Elvis On Tour".


19. Snowflake (1971)


The nickname for this suit comes from the fact that Elvis wore this suit for the first time on November 8th, 1971 for his Philadelphia concert at The Spectrum. When this suit was worn again in 1972, a few nails were added on the front of the suit.

There was an "upgraded version" made of this suit in 1973; 1973 Snowflake.


20. Aztec Star (1972)


The "Aztec Star" made it's debut during Elvis' 1972 November tour.

There was an original belt made for this suit, but so far no pictures of Elvis wearing the suit with it has surfaced. There is a possibility that he could have worn the suit in Vegas in 1973 (January/February engagement) with the original belt.

A picture of Elvis wearing this suit was featured on the cover of his 1977 album "Moody Blue".


21. Black Conquistador (1972)


There was also a white version of this suit; White Conquistador.

A picture of Elvis wearing this suit was featured on the cover of Elvis' 1977 single release of "Way Down", and that is the reason why fans started referring this suit as the "Black Way Down Suit".


22. Black Pyramid (1972)


This suit is, basically, a reversed version of the White Pyramid. The nails on the suit are tiny butterflies.

One of the suits that was only worn in Vegas, and never on tour. Apparently, there were two slightly different versions of this suit. The other, which can be seen on the "costume fitting" pictures, has yellow lined cape, and yellow kick pleats, and the other, which has been on display at Graceland, has gold lined cape and kick pleats.


23. Blue Nail (1972)


Elvis first wore this jumpsuit in Las Vegas during his 1972 January/February engagement.

This was one of the jumpsuits Elvis wore also during the filming of the 1972 documentary "Elvis On Tour".

Nowadays the suit is in private hands is owned by a well known collector.


24. Eyelet Suit (1972)


The suit was first worn during one the famous 1972 Madison Square Garden concerts.

Elvis mostly wore this suit with the "Lion Head Belt" from the "White Pinwheel" suit, but during his 1972 August/September Las Vegas stand, he wore the suit with the rare "Russian Eagle Belt".

Nowadays the complete suit is in private hands


25. Lucky Suit (1972)


During the 1972 June tour, when the suit made its debut, Elvis wore it with a matching white lined cape, but when it was worn again during the August/September Vegas engagement, a new cape was made for it. This time the lining was silver.

There was also a light blue version made of the "Lucky Belt", which Elvis used with the "Turquoise Phoenix" in 1974. The suit & the cape are in private hands these days... Also the "Lucky Belt" is known to be in private hands.


26. Red Pinwheel (1972)


One of the three "pinwheel" suits Elvis had. There was no original/matching belt designed for the suit, but as mentioned above, Elvis wore the "Gold Attendance Belt" with it.

A picture of Elvis in this suit was featured on the cover of his 1972 single "Burning Love", that is where the fans got the nickname for this suit (Burning Love Suit).

Although Elvis only wore this suit in 1972, it is clearly a 1971 design and was comissioned that year.

This is the only red jumpsuit Elvis ever wore/had, which makes it quite special.

The complete suit (suit & cape) is owned by a private collector.


27. Royal Blue Fireworks (1972)


Elvis also had two other "Fireworks" suits; Black Fireworks and White Fireworks.

This was one of the jumpsuits Elvis wore during the filming of the 1972 documentary film "Elvis On Tour".


28. Saturn Suit (1972)


Elvis wore this suit only once in 1972 (November 15th). He wore it again in Las Vegas during the 1973 January/February engagement, with the original belt.

Nowdays the suit is owned by a private collector, same person who also apparently has the cape(?). This is possibly one of the suits that was sold during the "EPE auction".


29. Adonis suit (1972)


This suit made its debut during the first MSG concert (June 9th).

An original belt was possibly made for the suit, but Elvis didn't wear it. He wore the suit with the "Gold Attendance Belt". Kurt Russell wore this suit in the 1979 movie "Elvis"... he wore the real thing. Director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell visited Graceland during the preparations of the movie. It was important that Kurt would get a true feeling of it all. Vernon Presley suggested Kurt would try on one of Elvis jumpsuits, and he did. Then they decided, with Vernon's approval to used it in the movie.

Later that year Vernon died and the suit was never returned. It was put on auction and now it is on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando.


30. Wheat Suit (1972)



When Elvis first wore this suit in 1972, he wore it with the "White Fireworks Belt". When the suit was worn again in 1973, it was worn with the original belt. This was one of the suits Elvis wore during one his famous 1972 Madison Square Garden performances.

Elvis himself gave this suit to Dottie Rambo as a birthday present in February 1973... it was put up for auction in early 2009 at gottahaverockandroll.com, and the final/winning bid reached $212,000US. So the suit is still in private hands.


31. White Pyramid (1972)


One of the jumpsuits Elvis wore during the filming of the 1972 documentary film "Elvis On Tour". There was no original/matching belt designed for the suit... but as mentioned above, Elvis wore the "Gold Attendance Belt" with it. Although a picture of Elvis wearing this suit was featured on the cover of the 1972 album "As Recorded At Madison Square Garden", Elvis never wore this suit during the MSG shows. This suit is, basically, a reversed version of the Black Butterfly.


32. American Eagle (1973)


Two almost identical versions were made of this suit, which were both worn during the 'Aloha shows'. Apparently, the suit Elvis wore during the rehearsal show was slightly bigger. It's also the version Elvis wore later on tour (and in Vegas) in 1973 and 1974.

Three belts were made for this suit; the first one was never worn on stage, as Elvis gave it to actor Jack Lord as a gift before he ever got to wear it. The second belt was identical to the first one, and it was worn during the two "Aloha shows". The third belt had some minor differences, and it was worn everytime Elvis wore the suit after the 'Aloha event'. Elvis also wore the 3rd "American Eagle Belt" with the "1974 American Eagle" jumpsuit in May 1974 (on tour and in Tahoe).

The cape that was worn with the "1973 American Eagle" was not the original one. The one that was originally designed for the suit, was way bigger, and way too heavy for Elvis to use on stage (pictures below).

Nowadays EPE/Graceland has both of the suits, one of the (three) capes, and the 'third belt'. A private collector (LM) owns one of the capes, as well as one of the first two belts, apparently also Ed Parker has one of the capes & belts on his possession. Also the original long cape is in private hands. It was sold during one of EPE's auctions.


33. Aqua Blue Vine (1973)


Elvis first wore this suit during his 1973 August/September Las Vegas stand. After that it was worn a few times in 1974, most notably during his famous March tour.

Also a counterpart was made. The Gold Vine; it had the same design as this one, only the big stones were different colored, and the belt was different. At the end of 2007, this suit was sold from a private collector to another (on eBay) for $210,000 US.


34. Arabian (1973)


This suit was done with the last pieces of material they (the designers) had, because Elvis needed a suit in a rush. When the suit was finished, they nicknamed the suit the "Kitchen Sink Suit", as they had used everything up for the suit except the kitchen sink. Elvis first started wearing this suit at the end of his 1973 August/September Las Vegas engagement. After that he wore it again during the first months of 1974. Most notably, he wore it during his famous Memphis concert (March 20th, 1974) that RCA recorded. That's also where the fans got the nickname for this suit; the "Memphis Suit".


35. Black Spanish Flower (1973)


There was a 'counterpart' for this suit; Black Spanish Flower (with red stones), which was exactly like this one, but with red stones. Elvis wore it during his 1974 August/September Las Vegas engagement.

There was also a white version; White Spanish Flower, which was worn during the same Las Vegas engagement as this one (1973 August/September).


36. Blue Rain Suit (1973)


This rarely worn suit made it's debut during the 1973 January/February Las Vegas engagment.


37.  Blue Starburst (1973)


After the 1973 August/September Las Vegas stand, Elvis wore this suit several times during his 1974 January/February Vegas engagement, as well as during the famous 1974 March tour. Elvis wore the original belt of this suit also with the Blue Swirl in May 1974 (both, in Tahoe and on tour).


38. Fire Suit (1973)


The first known dates when this suit was worn are from April 1973, but it was most likely already worn during the 1973 January/February Las Vegas engagement.

Elvis wore the belt of this suit with the "Pharao" suit also. Elvis wore this suit at least once during the March 1974 tour.


39. Lava Suit (1973)


A suit of which a very few photographs of Elvis wearing it has surfaced.

This suit was worn during the 1973 August/September Las Vegas engagement, but it's possible that it could have been worn already during the May '73 Tahoe stand... Elvis possibly wore it also during his 1974 January/February Las Vegas engagement. The cape made for the suit had a 'tiger skin' lining, which was very unusual... usually the capes had a simple one color lining on them.


40. Orange Sunburst (1973)


A picture of Elvis wearing this suit was featured on the cover of his 1973 album "Raised On Rock", and therefore fans started referring this suit as "Raised On Rock" suit.

This suit made it's debut during the 1973 January/Febraury Las Vegas engagement. After that, it was used again only a few times during 1973, but several times during the early part of 1974.


41. Pharao (1973)


This suit made it's debut during the opening show of the 1973 January/February Las Vegas engagement.

A picture of Elvis wearing this suit was featured on the cover of his 1975 album "Today", and therefore fans started referring this suit as "Today suit".

42. Snowflake (1973)


First worn during the 1973 April tour. This suit is an 'upgraded' version of the 1971 Snowflake.


43. Thunderbird (1973)


When Elvis first wore the "Thunderbird", he didn't wear it with the belt that was originally designed for it. He wore it with a belt that he got as a present from the hawaii'an actor Jack Lord. The suit was used with the original belt when Elvis wore it again in 1973.

When you compare the suit Elvis is wearing on all the known pictures, to the one that is on display at Graceland nowadays, there is a difference. The head of the bird is completely different... which would either mean that there were two slightly different versions of the suit, or the head of the bird was altered (ie. nail's added) when Elvis wore the suit for the last time(s) in 1973 (in Las Vegas August/September??)

The original belt, and the cape are in private hands. Elvis himself gave them to a young boy, dressed in a jumpsuit like Elvis', during the show on June 30th, 1973.

This is the only known suit that has kickpleats lined with stones(!).

The actual suit is owned by EPE/Graceland, but as mentioned above, the original belt and cape are still in private hands.


44. Chinese Dragon (1974)


This suit was first worn during the latter part of the 1974 August/September Las Vegas engagement, and then again several times during the following tour (September/October).

In 1976, when the belt buckle of the "Egyptian Belt" broke down, Elvis replaced it with the "Chinese Dragon" belt buckle.


45. Egyptian (1974)


The "Egyptian" made it's debut during the 1974 June/July tour. After that, it wasn't worn again until October of 1976. It was worn several times from then on, including a few times in Vegas. The last time Elvis wore the suit was during the famous 1976 December tour (on December 29th, to be exact).

Only one belt was designed for the suit, but Elvis used it two different belt buckles (besides the original); in 1974, the belt had it's original buckle, but in 1976, it was used with the belt buckles from the "Chinese Dragon", and "Chief".


46. Mad Tiger (1974)


Elvis first wore this suit a few times in Las Vegas during his 1974 August/September engagement. After that he wore it again only three times during the September/October tour.


47. Mexican Sundial (1974)


The "Mexican Sundial" made it's debut during the very short October 1974 Tahoe engagement, but after that, it wasn't worn again until 1977.

Although some claim that there were at least two versions made of this suit, it's not true. There was only ONE version made, and this has even been confirmed by Gene Doucette, Elvis' original wardrobe designer. This was the suit that Elvis wore during the filming of the 1977 tv-special "Elvis In Concert", as well as on his last concert on June 26th, 1977 in Indianapolis.


48. Peacock (1974)


When Elvis first wore this suit, he didn't wear it with the original belt, but with the White Spanish Flower belt instead.

According to the rumours, this was the most expensive jumpsuit Elvis ever got, costing approximately $10.000. In early August 2008, this suit was sold at an auction for US$300,000, which is the most anyone (a private collector) has ever paid of an original suit worn by Elvis.


49. "Rainfall" Beige Leather Two-piece (1974)


One of the (at least) five similar leather suits Elvis wore during his 1974 August/September Las Vegas engagement. Apparently, these type of outfits were very popular among performers at that time, so that may be one of the reasons why also Elvis decided to try out this type of suits. There were no belts made for any of these leather suits.


50. Turquoise Phoenix (1974)


The bird on the "Phoenix" suits wasn't originally designed as a bird. The original design was supposed to be two zebra heads bowing into each other, but when Elvis saw the sketches, his comment was "that bird has funny feet", as he was looking at the design upside down. So a bird design it came... but if you look at the design upside down, you can still see the two zebras in there.

When Elvis first wore this suit, he didn't wear it with the original belt, but instead, with a light blue version of the "Lucky Belt".

Nowadays the suit is owned by EPE/Graceland, they had it on display with an 'alternative belt' (designed for the suit). This was one of the four "Phoenix" suits: Black Phoenix, Silver Phoenix and Red Phoenix.


51.  Two-toned "Wine Glass" Leather Two-piece (1974)


One of the (at least) four similar leather suits Elvis wore during his 1974 August/September Las Vegas engagement. Apparently, these type of outfits were very popular among performers at that time, so that may be one of the reasons why also Elvis decided to try out this type of suits.

This suit could also be considered as very rare. A few pictures of Elvis wearing it on-stage, as well as backstage (during his '74 Sept/Oct tour) has surfaced. Also some decent quality Vegas footage is floating around.


52. Rainfall (1975)


This suit made it's debut during the closing show of the 1975 December Las Vegas engagement. Elvis wore it again (on tour) two times in 1976, and three times in 1977.

Rumours are that there was also a black "Rainfall" suit made for Elvis. It's not known (yet) whether it was a jumpsuit, or a two-piece.


53. Chicken Bone (1975)


Elvis first wore this suit during his 1975 July tour. He wore it several times during the tour, and then at least once during his following Vegas engagement.

Although an original belt was made for this suit, Elvis didn't wear it when he first started using this suit. Instead, he wore the belt that was originally designed for one of the 1975 Dark Blue Two Piece suits ("Light Blue Armadillo, large scale).


54. Chief (1975)


This suit made it's debut on the May 31st, 1975 afternon show. Elvis wore it again many times during the 1975 May/June and July tours. Elvis started re-wearing the suit on the latter part of 1976; from then on, it was worn several times until it's last appearance in February 21st, 1977.

Two belts were designed for the suit; the first one was used through 1975, and the second one was used in 1976 and in 1977.


55. Navy Blue Two-piece with blue armadillo (1975)


One of the several similar 'two-piece' suits Elvis wore during March - May 1975.

Although these 1975 (navy blue/white) suits are often referred as two-piece suits (pants & jacket), they're not exactly that. They're more like jumpsuits without sleeves, and a jacket on top. Also different colored silk shirts were part of the outfits.

As mentioned above, a belt was made, but Elvis never wore it with this suit. He wore it with the Chicken Bone in 1975.

Nowadays both, the suit and the belt made for it are in private hands... they were most likely sold during "EPE auction".


56. Navy Blue Two-piece with multi colored arrows White Two-piece (1975)


One of the several similar 'two-piece' suits Elvis wore during March - May 1975.

Although these 1975 (navy blue/white) suits are often referred as two-piece suits (pants & jacket), they're not exactly that. They're more like jumpsuits without sleeves, and a jacket on top. Also different colored silk shirts were part of the outfits.

Elvis himself donated this suit for charity auction in late '75. Later on it became part of Jim Curtin's collection, and it's still today owned by a private collector.


57. Navy Blue Two-piece with red armadillo (1975)


One of the several similar 'two-piece' suits Elvis wore during March - May 1975.

Although these 1975 (navy blue/white) suits are often referred as two-piece suits (pants & jacket), they're not exactly that. They're more like jumpsuits without sleeves, and a jacket on top. Also different colored silk shirts were part of the outfits.

As mentioned above, a belt was made, but Elvis never wore it with this suit. He wore it with the Totem Pole in 1975.


58. Navy Blue Two-piece with snake design (1975)


One of the several similar 'two-piece' suits Elvis wore during March - May 1975.

Although these 1975 (navy blue/white) suits are often referred as two-piece suits (pants & jacket), they're not exactly that. They're more like jumpsuits without sleeves, and a jacket on top. Also different colored silk shirts were part of the outfits.

Elvis wore this suit very rarely. It was worn a few times during the previous Vegas engagement (1975 March/April), but only once on tour. It also appears that Elvis actually wore the whole suit(!) as casual wear during his 1975 July tour.


59. Black Phoenix Suit (1975)


The eagle on the "Phoenix" suits wasn't originally designed as a bird. The original design was supposed to be two zebra heads bowing into each other, but when Elvis saw the sketches, his comment was "that bird has funny feet", as he was looking at the sketch upside down. So a bird design it came... but if you look at the design upside down, you can still see the two zebras in there.

The "Black Phoenix" was possibly made and delivered for Elvis in 1974 (just like the 1974 "Turquoise Phoenix"), but so far no evidence has surfaced that Elvis would have worn it back then, the first photographical evidence of Elvis wearing the suit comes from the 1975 May/June tour.

As with the "Red Phoenix", there were at least two 'original/matching belts' designed for this suit as well... the first version was worn only in 1975, while the second one was worn only in 1976.


60. Red Phoenix Suit (1975)


The bird on the "Phoenix" suits wasn't originally designed as a bird. The original design was supposed to be two zebra heads bowing into each other, but when Elvis saw the sketches, his comment was "that bird has funny feet", as he was looking at the design upside down. So a bird design it came... but if you look at the design upside down, you can still see the two zebras in there...

At least two different belts were designed for the suit. The first one was used through 1975. When Elvis wore this suit again during his final Las Vegas engagement in December 1976, he wore it with an alternative belt.

This is the only one of the four "Phoenix" suits that has a bird facing right. It wasn't suppose to be that way; this was a mistake on the designers part.


61. Silver Phoenix (1975)


The bird on the "Phoenix" suits wasn't originally designed as a bird. The original design was supposed to be two zebra heads bowing into each other, but when Elvis saw the sketches, his comment was "that bird has funny feet", as he was looking at the design upside down. So a bird design it came... but if you look at the design upside down, you can still see the two zebras in there... - At least two different belts were designed for the suit. Elvis wore both in '75 and in '76.


62. Totem Pole Suit (1975)


This suit made its debut during the 1975 July tour, but when Elvis first wore it, he didn't wear it with the original belt. He wore it with a belt that was originally designed for the "Navy Blue Two-piece with Red armadillo". The original belt was worn with this suit during his 1975 December Las Vegas engagement.


63. Two-toned Street Suit (1975)


Used only once on-stage. According to the rumours, it was because Elvis was late of the show, he had no time to change his wardrobe, so he just walked on-stage wearing the suit he had on at the moment.

Elvis had several different colored "two-toned street suits". He wore them during 1975 and 1976. This was the only one which was worn on-stage.


64. White Egyptian Bird (1975)


Although this suit is mostly associated with the year 1976, Elvis already wore it once in 1975 during his December Las Vegas engagement.

Besides the original belt, Elvis wore the suit with two other belts. When Elvis first wore this suit, he didn't wear it with the original belt, but instead, with the second "Chief Belt". The original belt, and the "Egyptian Belt" were both worn during 1976.

Also a counterpart was made, but with reversed colors: the Blue Egyptian Bird.

Today the suit is private hands, this is possibly one of the suits that was sold during the "EPE auction".


65. White Two-piece with blue shoulder ornaments (1975)


One of the several similar 'two-piece' suits Elvis wore during March - May 1975.

Although these 1975 (dark blue/white) suits are often referred as two-piece suits (pants & jacket), they're not exactly that. They're more like jumpsuits without sleeves, and a jacket.

As mentioned above, a belt was made, but Elvis never wore it with this suit. He wore it with the Blue Swirl in 1976.


66. V-Neck (1975)


The "V-Neck" jumpsuit made its debut during the opening show of the 1975 December Las Vegas engagement.

Elvis wore the "V-Neck" jumpsuit once with an 'alternative' belt, with the "Rainfall Belt" during the 1975 New Years Eve show. He first came on-stage suited in the Rainfall jumpsuit, but at one point, he "busted the seat out of his pants", and had to change the suit.He came back on-stage wearing the "V-Neck" jumpsuit, but with the "Rainfall Belt".

Elvis wore the "V-Neck Belt" also with the 1974 Arabian in 1976.


67. Blue Swirl (1976)


Elvis first wore this suit during his very short tour in May 1974. He didn't wear it with the original belt, but with the "Blue Starburst Belt" instead.

The original "Blue Swirl Belt" has an RCA logo on the belt buckle. After '74 this suit wasn't worn again until the end of 1976, when Elvis started to wear some of the older suits again.


68. Colorful Flame Suit (1976)


This was the very last "new" jumpsuit that was made for Elvis, and what he got to wear on-stage. After this suit, he mostly relied on some of the "old" ones . It has been said that Elvis didn't like this suit very much. It was too "flashy", even for him.

Interestingly, Elvs had two versions of this suit, one with red kickpleats and other one with orange kickpleats.

There was one 1975 Navy Blue Two-piece which had the same type of flame design on the shoulders/legs as the design on this jumpsuit, but unfortunately no photographs nor footage of Elvis wearing the suit has surfaced.

Today, the complete suit (suit w/ orange kickpleats & original belt) is owned by EPE/Graceland, the other version is in private hands, and is possibly one of the suits that was sold during the "EPE auction".

(via Elvis Presley In Concert)

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