The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2017
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Elvis was not only a musical superstar, but he also served as an icon of style, helped in part by Bill Belew, who designed outlandish stage costumes that became street fashion for the trend-setting king of rock ‘n’ roll. While Elvis’ style evolved over the years, it was in the 1970s that he took his fashion to new heights and embraced the fun bohemian concept of using oneself as an art palette for fashion, mixing bold, bright colors, textures and patterns. The decade of the 1970s was about chic comfort and a lazy, luxurious feel, with diversity in individual style reflecting one’s own self-expression. No one could have carried those exaggerated elements of flared pants, oversized collars and accessories worn from head to toe better than Elvis Presley.

Bill Belew designed for I.C. Costume Company, and Elvis was one of his most important clients. Bill created the iconic bedazzled jumpsuit synonymous with Elvis and pushed the envelope of Elvis’ everyday wear, seizing on the bold styles and popular fabrics of the day which included suedes, polyesters and corduroys. Corduroy, a woven fiber that lies in parallel lines forming a distinct “cord” pattern with the larger, thicker-striped version known as “elephant” corduroy, was often utilized for both men and women’s fashion.

In this marvelous red “elephant” corduroy pantsuit, which was custom-designed for Elvis by I.C. Costume Company, we see all of these fun and exaggerated elements so favored in the ’70s coming together in one incredible statement piece. The red corduroy suit is lined in a red, green and black stylized plaid satin with flaring legs, open chest and high “Napoleonic” collar. The suit, with two I.C. Costume Company labels, comes with a letter from Paul Lichter and Chris Davidson on Elvis-A-Rama Museum letterhead which states, “This red corduroy outfit, known as, ‘The Elephant Suit’ was purchased from Paul Lichter in the mid 90s. Elvis wore the outfit in the mid 70s. The outfit was made by IC Costume Co. which made almost all of Elvis’ jumpsuits. The red elephant suit has been on display at the world famous Elvis-A-Rama Museum during the past six years.”

Elvis can be seen in images donning this fabulous fusion of ’70s fashion with which he drove the trends of the era with his individual style and expression. This magnificent piece of fashionable art was rocked by the king of style. This two-piece red “elephant” corduroy suit is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The suit presents with few defects other than normal signs of light wear. The interior arm sweat pads show signs of use. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Red “Elephant Corduroy” Suit Made by I.C. Costume Co.
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $30,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $62,500.00
Estimate: $60,000 - $70,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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