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The Style of Elvis Presley – Graceland

In M-Town Events! on March 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm




Exhibit Opens March 1, Part of Year-Long Celebration of Elvis’ 75th Birthday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — 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. 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 an 11.5-carat diamond solitaire ring.

The exhibit will be open through March 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 trendsetting style to his simple upbringing.

A special exhibit opened on Elvis’ 75th birthday on Jan. 8, 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’ 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.

For more information about making travel plans for Memphis & Graceland, please visit http://www.Elvis.com or call 1-800-238-2000 to make reservations.

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