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Designed for The King

Elvis memorabilia brings in big bickies at auctions these days, with Elvis’ favourite peacock jumpsuit recently going under the hammer for $300,000, according to a recent Associated Press report.

The online sale of the jumpsuit was anticipated to rake in a sum between $275,000 and $325,000, so it’s rather fitting that the figure sits neatly between these two estimates. The most previously paid for one of his costumes was a comparatively paltry $105,250, and the item was the so-called aloha cape, as worn on one of his final television broadcasts.

elvis designer shoes and suits However, the sale of Elvis’ 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II for $295,000 held the previous record for the highest price of an Elvis collectible.

Makes you wish you had a cool 300 grand spare to spend on "The King", doesn’t it? The white peacock jumpsuit, in classic Elvis style, featured a plunging neckline and an exquisite hand-embroidered peacock design in blue and gold on the front, back and down the legs of the flared trousers. Designed by Los Angeles designer, Bill Belew, Elvis apparently paid $10,000 for the outfit.

In fact, it was Belew, and not exclusive fashion houses such as Lanvin and Chloe, who is largely credited with creating the iconic and extravagant rock n’ roll designs that featured in Elvis’ stage wardrobe from 1968-1977.

While other designers of his era concentrated on designer bags and designer shoes, Bill Belew created the trappings of a king!

Yet like contemporary fashion designer Stella McCartney, inextricably linked to the history of pop and rock music through her father, the former Beatle Paul McCartney, Bill Belew wasn’t just the figure behind a famous name.

Belew also designed costumes for the New York City Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet, and the renowned divas Josephine Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Brooke Shields and Gloria Estefan.


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