The Style of Elvis Presley Showcased at First-Ever Fashion Exhibit at Graceland
March 01, 2010
The year-long celebration of Elvis Presley’s 75th Birthday continues on March 1 with the grand opening of “Elvis Presley: Fashion King,” at Graceland. The exhibit is the first of its kind at Elvis’ home in Memphis, and explores fashion trends ushered in by the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
“Elvis Presley: Fashion King” showcases everything from the king’s handmade shirts and casual suits to his flashy jewelry and shoes, giving visitors a first-hand look at how rock ‘n’ roll royalty dressed. Visitors will see the evolution of Elvis’ outfits, from an artist’s sketch to the final product, and how these custom creations were made. The exhibit provides visitors with the feeling that they are peeking into Elvis’ personal closet. There are casual suits, top coats, hats, scarves, more than 50 shirts and many accessories, including a custom necklace featuring more than 220 diamonds and a 11.5-carat diamond solitaire ring.
“Elvis Presley: Fashion King” will be open through March of 2012. It is one of three new exhibits to open at Graceland in 2010, allowing visitors to the National Historic Landmark the opportunity to explore the various sides of Elvis’ life, from his trend-setting style to his simple upbringing.
A special exhibit opened on Elvis’ 75th birthday on January 8, 2010, chronicling key portions of Elvis’ life before he became an international singing sensation. Starting with his birth in 1935, the exhibit “From Tupelo to Memphis,” follows the future King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s path through high school graduation and his life as a delivery truck driver, prior to the launch of his music career. The exhibit gives fans a glimpse at rarely seen artifacts, such as photos of Elvis from his childhood, report cards and one of Elvis’ first pay stubs as a delivery truck driver before making his first recording at Sun Studio on July 5, 1954.
Also opening as part of the year-long birthday celebration is a special exhibit featuring Elvis’ iconic stage costumes from 1969-1977. This exhibit charts the evolution of the design of Elvis' stage wear, popularized during his Las Vegas engagements and concert tours. Inspired by Elvis' great interest in karate, simple wool gabardine suits were engineered with tunic-style tops and long, karate-style belts knotted to one side with the ends dangling from the hip. More than 20 of these costumes, now considered works of art, will be on display throughout 2010 in this special exhibit, which is included as part of the ticketed VIP Tour of Graceland.
In addition to these new exhibits, visitors can tour the Graceland mansion and 14-acre property, where they can follow in Elvis’ footsteps as they enjoy an audio-guided tour featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. This is where Elvis lived, relaxed and spent time with his friends and family. The Graceland Mansion tour includes Elvis’ living room, music room, parents' bedroom, dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room and the famous Jungle Room.
Graceland is open for daily tours year round. During the spring and summer seasons, hours of operation are Monday - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. There are three ticket options to tour Elvis Presley’s Graceland with the VIP Tour, the Platinum Tour or Mansion Tour.
For more information about making travel plans for Memphis & Graceland, visit Elvis.com or call 1-800-238-2000 to make reservations.
Click here to see a photo of the new exhibit. Elvis Insiders can see some exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the opening by logging into the members-only message board on ElvisInsiders.com.