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august 1977 jumpsuit

Mon Jun 16, 2003 9:42 pm

hello folks and jumpsuit junkies !
i would like to know if Elvis had planned to wear a new jumpsuit for the "next" tour ? do you have any pics ?
all the best
olivier
http://www.elvis-presley-avenue.com

Mon Jun 16, 2003 10:02 pm

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TITI

Mon Jun 16, 2003 10:35 pm

I would like someone to confirm the following as I have seen this picture posted on another website.
I assume the jumpsuit that is in question is the unfinished light blue jumpsuit that Elvis never wore - if it is not then I apologize in advance.
I do not believe this is the "unfinished" jumpsuit that was on display at Graceland when I saw it in 1984.
I don't know where this pic came from but I cannot believe that Elvis would have OK'd the design of this outfit.
When I was 9 years old I had pajamas that looked exactly like this jumpsuit.
Can anyone verify that this in fact was a jumpsuit to be worn by Elvis?

Mon Jun 16, 2003 10:47 pm

Must agree with Elvis-Fan on this one, I couldn't see The King wearing such a crappy outfit, no chance.

Like Elvis - Fan says, it looks like a pair of pajamas and look at the state of the belt, for God sake, no Elvis had better taste than that. He would not have worn that in public.... No Way

Mon Jun 16, 2003 11:40 pm

From graceland 1984
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TITI

Mon Jun 16, 2003 11:47 pm

Can't believe it, I am supprised at that. I bet he would never have worn it on stage.

I think the belt is terrible.

Mon Jun 16, 2003 11:51 pm

Here it is on display at Graceland in July 1997.
I also viewed the same suit in 1984 when it was
dislpayed at the far end of the trophy room with cases packed
ready for the up coming tour, I have a picture of that also
but can't find it right now :(
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FOUND IT :D
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Tue Jun 17, 2003 12:36 am

I have just updated my post and photos above.
TITI, I have to tell you that your photo is not from 1984 but a lot later.
How do I know this?

1. I checked my negatives which are dated.
2. Graceland did not have display cases in 1984 as everything was open plan including the 68 comeback leather suit which I touched :)

I know, naughty naughty :wink:

Tue Jun 17, 2003 1:26 am

Thanks for the post ME4EP.
I remember seeing the outfit I just couldn't remember the design except that it was light blue.
I don't recall there being a belt with it though. Is that belt original?

When they had the actual tour guides in 1984, I remember they indicated that this jumpsuit
was not complete or that the final fittings had not been done... something like that.

Just a note... I touched the Aloha 6ft cape that was on display at that time.
That was pretty cool.
All the jumpsuits (or a bunch of them anyway) were hanging on a rack like the one you see in the movie "This Is Elvis".
They also had one of his Harley motorcycles in the trophy room.

I wonder how many jumpsuits he would have brought on tour with him at any given time???

Tue Jun 17, 2003 1:49 am

THANKS ME 4EP
have you nice photo of Elvis leather fringes raimbow jacket display
in Elvis restaurant ?
my french friend CHRISTIAN M would like have one
TITI

Tue Jun 17, 2003 3:04 am

Cool thread.

The "unfinished" jumpsuit isn't that bad, ...... it probably would have looked better on E (definitely much better than the "Sundial").


N8
...just a fan....

Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:41 am

If Elvis was having jumpsuits made in August 1977, why on earth didn't he do it earlier in the year? All this guff we read that Elvis could only fit into his Sundial and King of Spades outfits, why then not go and get some more?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 5:38 am

Guff = myth.

The same applies to the supposed "Laser Jumpsuit." One was under consideration, but that doesn't mean Elvis was ever going to wear it.

The "assumptions" become a supposed "fact" in "myths."


N8
...just a fan....

Tue Jun 17, 2003 7:19 am

I think the #1 problem with him trying on new Jumpsuits in August 77' is the simple fact that they didn't fit!

Tue Jun 17, 2003 8:17 am

YDKM wrote:I think the #1 problem with him trying on new Jumpsuits in August 77' is the simple fact that they didn't fit!


The jumpsuits were custom-made to fit.

The number #1 problem was that Elvis didn't want to bother being measured.


N8
...just a fan....

Tue Jun 17, 2003 8:34 am

Like you, N8, I was thinking that if we had actually gotten to see Elvis wear this, not so many people would think it's that bad. I happen to think it's pretty cool--for Elvis in the 70's that is. :)

Which was the last powder blue jumpsuit that he wore, anyway?

Also, no one seems very impressed with the belt; perhaps that is why it wasn't always displayed on the suit? I hadn't seen those pics before--just the one with the belt. Is that one from a Graceland display? I have not noticed it at Graceland before. If it was there, it was before I knew about this suit and no attention was drawn to the fact that it was to be worn on "the tour that never was".

And where is this suit now?

Tue Jun 17, 2003 9:52 am

Hi TITI,<br>

Re: have you nice photo of Elvis leather fringes raimbow jacket display
in Elvis restaurant ? <br>
Sorry, I can't help you with that one, I don't have a picture. :cry:

Tue Jun 17, 2003 1:26 pm

How come that the suits aren't showed with Elvis 'in' it? I mean, they could easily make a wax statue (like Madam Tussau) with Elvis' face from the period that he worn a particular suite (same goes with body size)...

I think that way the suits would make a better impact than just showing them on a thin 'showing doll' without a head and hands...

Tue Jun 17, 2003 2:23 pm

Sorry guys, but I just could not see the guy I have admirred for 30 years and maybe more, who always looked his best and super cool in public, wearing that, especially the belt. NO WAY!

Just because they made it for him, don't mean he would have worn it, I bet Bill Belew made plenty of suits for Elvis, and he turned 'em down. It's just he didn't have chance to turn this one down.

The guy had style

Tue Jun 17, 2003 2:56 pm

Joe Lightcloud wrote:Just because they made it for him, don't mean he would have worn it, I bet Bill Belew made plenty of suits for Elvis, and he turned 'em down. It's just he didn't have chance to turn this one down.


Actually, it is quite the opposite case. Elvis rarely had a problem with the things Belew made for him. In fact, Belew himself said that Elvis was always pretty good to him about that kind of thing. Elvis even liked some of the IC suits so much that he incorporated them into his everyday casual wear.

Joe Lightcloud wrote:The guy had style.


I guess you haven't seen some of the sweat suits that Elvis preferred in 1977. Not exactly what I would call "style", but ............ certainly comfortable for travel. Elvis certainly knew how to travel in style though!

I do, however, agree, that the final decision regarding any outfits was always with Elvis. Who's to say? We'll never know.


N8
...just a fan....

Tue Jun 17, 2003 3:28 pm

When you say sweat suits, do you mean such suits as the black tracksuit, he often wore, like in the CBS special outakes when he arrives in the car at Rapid City.

I think he looks ace in that.

Tue Jun 17, 2003 4:50 pm

Yes, but to team the sweat suit up with cuban heels and flouncy shirts!

Gees but I sound gay! :oops:

Yours stylishly

Tue Jun 17, 2003 7:00 pm

As for the powder blue jumpsuit, I recall seeing it on display in 1987 - the very first year I visited Graceland.

It does help put to rest the story by Gail-Brewer Giorgio (or whatever her name was) who said that Elvis never ordered any new outfits for the August '77 tour.

Tom (from Ohio)

Tue Jun 17, 2003 7:16 pm

thanks folks for all those really interesting answers . it's true this "unfinished" jumpsuit looks .....for some of you bad and for some of you great . On Elvis , this jumpsuit would have been , maybe, great .
to go further on this topic (if you don't mind) do you have any informations or/and pics of what i could call the "outtakes" jumpsuits ?? (the jumpsuits elvis did not want to wear or/and unfinished ? )
all the best
Olivier
http://www.elvis-presley-avenue.com

Wed Jun 18, 2003 1:35 am

hounddawgs6499 wrote:It does help put to rest the story by Gail-Brewer Giorgio (or whatever her name was) who said that Elvis never ordered any new outfits for the August '77 tour.



Only for those who ever took her seriously in the first place.


N8
...just a fan....