The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2017
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Elvis was not only a world class entertainer, but a fashion icon of the time. He was, no doubt, at the forefront of fashion, wearing clothing that pushed the limits even as a young man. From his famous gold lamé suit to his iconic jumpsuits, Elvis knew how to make a statement. He is well known for the costumes he wore during his tours and concert performances, but his forward fashion sense did not stop with the stage and continued at full speed in his personal life as well. 

The I.C. Costume Company designed and custom-made not only Elvis’ performance costumes, including his jumpsuits, but much of his personal wardrobe as well. The designer at I.C. Costume Company tasked with creating these striking masterpieces was Bill Belew, who, shortly after designing the tight-fitting black leather outfit Elvis wore in the 1968 NBC “Comeback Special,” became more famous and busy creating volumes of costumes for Elvis’ stage presence and personal outfits that would keep Elvis at the height of fashion. Bill Belew continued designing for Elvis’ personal and stage-worn clothing from 1968 until 1977 and created some of the most iconic outfits, including the American Eagle jumpsuit from Elvis’ “Aloha from Hawaii” concert and the suit Elvis wore during his famous Oval Office meeting with President Nixon.

One fine example of the fashion forward design of I.C. Costume Company for Elvis’ personal wardrobe is the offered chocolate brown pants, jacket and cape which Elvis donned in his time off. The heavy, long sleeved, brown velvet jacket has a painted collar with a brown and white spotted lining. The jacket has velvet-covered buttons, two false front pockets, wide lapels, six buttons on each cuff, and a Velcro strip on the back of the collar by which the cape can attach. The brown velvet, bell-bottomed pants, with a 13-inch (33.02 cm) inseam and elastic waistband, contain an “I.C. Costume Co. Hollywood, Calif.” tag. The matching brown velvet cape is fully lined in brown satin. This elaborate ensemble vividly depicts Elvis’ love for dressing extravagantly in not only his professional but his personal life. This fantastically fashionable frock comes from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (lot C44A) and has remained in a private collection since and now presents a rare opportunity for collectors to own a personal outfit from the ultimate showman. The brown velvet vestments are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Overall, the velvet material presents extremely supple to the touch, with only the most minor areas of wear. Most of these are on the pants at the seams, but a few small areas can be seen on the cape and the jacket. The interior arm sweat pads show signs of use. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Brown Velvet Jacket, Pants and Cape Ensemble Made by I.C. Costume Co. – From the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (C44A)
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $35,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.:
Estimate: $70,000 - $80,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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