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Elvis Featured In "Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket" Exhibit

June 22, 2012

Who better to represent rebellion and rock 'n' roll than the King of Rock 'n' Roll himself! Elvis Presley is being featured in a new exhibit called "Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket" and his leather threads are currently featured on

The MSNBC article talks about Elvis' role in a new exhibit at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The exhibit explores the history of the leather jacket and where it picked up its "bad-boy image." MSNBC chose a photo of Elvis' leather jacket to be featured in their article.

MSNBC writes, "'Worn to Be Wild' reunites the Harley Davidson motorcycle bought by a 21-year-old Elvis Presley in 1956 with the motorcycle jacket he bought a few years later from J.C. Penney."

According to the article, the exhibit traces the history of the biker jacket along with the "evolution of the garment from clothing to cultural shorthand." More than 50 jackets are on display, ranging from rare historical examples pulled from both the Harley-Davidson Archives and private collections to those worn by superstars of the stage and screen.

"The black leather jacket has maintained its role as the uniform of youthful rebellion and has been seen on everyone from James Dean and Elvis Presley to the Ramones and Bruce Springsteen," said Jim Fricke, Curatorial Director at the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Elvis' jacket and motorcycle will be on display at the Harley Davidson Museum until September 3, 2012. Visit for more information.

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