Elvis fancy dress has always been a popular choice of outfit at Halloween, New Year’s Eve and even 70’s themed parties. However, most of the Elvis Presley costumes that you see are from his Las Vegas period, during the seventies, and while there are some wonderful examples from this period, it is worth knowing that there are equally some great Elvis fancy dress outfits available from the fifties and sixties as well.
Elvis Presley had a long and successful career, which covered many different styles, both musically and visually. Therefore, it seems a shame in a way, that most of the outfits that you see at these costume parties are representing the over-weight Elvis, towards the end of his career.
Below are my personal favourite Elvis Presley outfits from each of the three decades he was active, as the King of Rock and Roll, namely the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s:
1950’s – Jailhouse Rock outfit
Jailhouse Rock was an American motion picture, which was released in 1957, where Elvis plays an ex-convict working in the music industry. At the time that the film was released, it was considered almost scandalous and is certainly one of Presley’s most well known films.
The outfit worn in the the famous dance sequence through a jail cell block, which is considered by many to be the forerunner of the modern music video, is now available to buy as a fancy dress costume.
This great looking outfit includes a black and white striped shirt, a black printed jacket with a prisoner number on the left-hand side and a pair of matching black printed trousers.
1960’s – The ’68 Comeback Special costume
Elvis starred in a 1968 United States television special, sponsored by Singer (the Sewing Machine Company), which is commonly referred to as the ’68 Comeback Special, because of the impact it had on his future career.
You can now buy a fancy dress equivalent of the famous black leather jacket and trousers, which Presley wore in the ’68 Comeback Special, that looks simply stunning.
1970’s – “American Eagle” suit
The white “American Eagle” jumpsuit, designed by Bill Belew, was made famous by Elvis during the “Aloha from Hawaii” music concert, which was broadcast live via satellite in January, 1973, and which was the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.
The “American Eagle” costume consists of a white jumpsuit, with a printed gold eagle on the front that has been decorated with red and blue faux gems.