Fans remember man who designed Elvis' jumpsuits - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Fans remember man who designed Elvis' jumpsuits

In Graceland at the All Access Exhibit, you can see the various jumpsuits Elvis used to wear. They were designed by the late Bill Belew who died earlier this month in California from diabetes.

Bill Belew once said QUOTE, "Elvis had a great body to design for".

Belew designed HUNDREDS of Elvis' jumpsuits with rhinestone and metal studding and matching capes. He also designed the two piece, karate-inspired suits and black leather.

The costumes, which weighed up to 40-pounds, were called flashy, flamboyant, vulgar, gaudy, and sexy.

Fans definitely had an appreciation for Belew's fine detail and artwork.

"It just took a wonderful craftsman to come up with those because I'm sure he had lots of ideas and they were wild. Otherwise that wouldn't have been him," Elvis fan Jean Workman said.

Elvis' fashion influenced a number of other performers like David Bowie, The Jacksons, the Osmonds and Ozzy Osbourne.

And, if you have the money, you can buy a jumpsuit just like Elvis used to wear over at the All-Access Exhibit.

It'll cost you anywhere from $1,300 to $4,000.


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