The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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The Seventies were the era that Elvis introduced us to his famous jumpsuits that forever changed fashion and entertainment history. Nothing is more iconic for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll than his renowned jumpsuits! These quintessential costumes were designed by Bill Belew and Gene Doucette at I.C. Costume Co. in Hollywood, California, and although a variety of nearly 100 spectacularly stunning jumpsuits were created for Elvis over the years, most reside in the treasured Graceland Archives. The most widely recognized of all of Elvis’ jumpsuits is arguably his American Eagle jumpsuit that he wore during the famous Aloha From Hawaii satellite broadcast on January 14, 1973. Fans around the globe watched as the singing phenomenon took the stage at the Honolulu International Center and said “Aloha” to the world. The famed concert aired via satellite in over 40 countries in Europe and Asia (airing at a later date in the U.S.) and was the most expensive entertainment special of its time. Elvis worked closely with Bill and Gene to design the famous jumpsuit worn during this televised concert. Elvis’ only request to Bill was that his costume “say America.” Bill had just visited an American embassy in Europe which was embroiled in controversy over the eagle emblem, and it was this visit that sparked the idea for the famous eagle jumpsuit. Bill wanted Elvis to be able to make a big splash by turning his back to the audience, opening the cape to a full-width spread-winged eagle, so he created a matching cape. The cape was so popular that more followed, with stage jumpsuits paired with matching capes. Offered is the original concept artwork by I.C. Costume designer Gene Doucette for Elvis’ American Eagle jumpsuit with cape. The hand-drawn and colored artwork is signed by Gene Doucette in the lower right corner and there is a swatch of the white gabardine fabric sample stapled directly to the drawing board. The paper backing on the reverse of the frame bears the handwritten note, “Original drawing of the Aloha jumpsuit & Piece of suit cloth by Gene Doucette who worked for Bill Belew, designer of Elvis Presley clothes & jumpsuits. I Gary Williams … bought the drawing from Gene Doucette, March 15, 1997.” The remainder of the inscription provides further contact details for Gene Doucette. This incredible concept artwork for the most iconic jumpsuit ever worn by Elvis is a historic treasure. This original artwork is matted with a pink mat in a gold-toned frame that measures 19 by 16 inches (48.26 x 40.64 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The artwork presents with few defects. Near Mint condition.
Original Concept Artwork by I.C. Costume Designer Gene Doucette of Elvis Presley’s American Eagle Aloha Jumpsuit – With a Swatch of the White Gabardine Stapled to the Art!
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,875.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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