NEW YORK – As thousands of visitors flock to Graceland to pay respects for the King on the anniversary of his death, we are reminded of one of our favorite Elvis pieces that was offered at Sotheby’s last June – his iconic peacock jumpsuit.
Presley’s appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956 ushered in the rock and roll generation. Censors insisted that the singer be shown from the waist up after some viewers complained that his movements were too provocative, a move that only contributed to his fame. If his gyrating dance moves were his early signature, then his elaborate jumpsuits were symbolic of his late career. The peacock jumpsuit, first worn on 11 May 1974 at a concert at the Forum in Los Angeles, reportedly became a favorite of Presley’s, who thought peacocks brought him good luck.