One of Elvis Presley's most appealing aspects of his career on stage is, without a doubt, the one related to his clothing worn live. In this section we present each one of the clothes worn on stage chronologically (1969-1977), as well as its acessories, history, which known concert dates when Elvis wore them, etc. Click on the photos to access detailed information, as well as photo galleries, whenever photos are available.
1969-1970 - In the beginning the jumpsuits/costumes were simple in design. As the years went by, the simple became spectacular. In the early days there would be duplicates of the simple in design jumpsuits.
1971 - This year saw simple nail designs of the Cisco Kid jumpsuits make way to what would become the established design mainly due to the talents of Gene Doucette. Gene had taken over from Bill Belew in the design stakes and it was his flair that saw the jumpsuit morph from plain and simple jumpsuit to the spectacular they became from late 1971 onwards.
1972 - This year sees the jumpsuit finally reach its splendid peak. The design seems to have settled on a recognisable format that Elvis seemed happy with. The patterns and themes changed after 1972, but the suits' basic style would stay the same until 1976. There were variations with the puff sleeves in the Black Aztec, Dark Blue Gypsy and Egyptian Bird designs of 1975, but the jumpsuit essentially remained the same, as the 1976 Flame jumpsuit shows.
1973 - This year probably saw the most elaborate jumpsuits in the form of stones and nails, such as the Arabian (also known as the Memphis suit), Black Spanish Flowers and, of course, the Aloha. It could be argued that 1973 saw the jumpsuit become a work of art rather than a stage outfit. The designs had taken on beautiful detail and with many jumpsuits taken on a theme.
1974 - Gene Doucette had changed styles and moved to embroidery designs very probably at Elvis' request due to the weight of previous jumpsuits. There were subtle changes to the designs of 1974. For instance, the sleeves were free from patterns or design, again probably at Elvis's request due to stones or nails scratching guitars etc. The designs of 1974 are of two extremes: the Dragon and the Mad Tiger are quite flashy, where as the three Phoenix designs seem to be simpler and understated in comparison.
1975 - There is debate as to whether Elvis should have switched over to two piece suits by 1975. Looking at the frequency of new suits by 1975, only 8 new jumpsuits and 7 Two Piece Suit designs, as opposed to 1973, with a peak of 17 new jumpsuits. It could be argued that Elvis tried the two piece and decided he didn't like them! 1975 followed the same design pattern of 1974, in that the designs were embroidery with fine detail, the Indian Chief (also know as Indian Feather) being a fine example.
1976 – This was a particularly uninspired year, there was only one new jumpsuit made in the form of the Flame. Although the jumpsuit was extremely flashy in design, it was only worn twice. Most of 1976 saw Elvis wear the Egyptian Birds (also known as Bicentennial).
1977 - This year made 1976 look inspired. There was a suit designed for Elvis, however it wasn’t completed in time for Elvis to have worn it on stage. Elvis mainly switched between three jumpsuits in 1977, namely the Indian Chief from 1975, the King of Spades from 1974 and, of course, the Mexican Sundial, also from 1974.