Elvis: Direct from Graceland

19 Mar - 17 Jul 2022
Elvis: Direct from Graceland

One of the most iconic public figures of the 20th century, Elvis’s influence on music, design, art, and pop culture was profound. He is arguably the single greatest influence on the history of modern men’s fashion, constantly referenced and re-mixed by designers and celebrities today. 

From his humble childhood on the poverty line in small-town Mississippi, Elvis grew up immersed in the rich and diverse music cultures of the deep South. Only two years after cutting his first single at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Elvis had signed a major record deal and virtually overnight shot to super-stardom the likes of which had never been seen before. In those early heady years, he purchased Graceland and created the private haven he would never sell, despite his ever-increasing fame over the following two decades.  

In a time before celebrities had teams of personal stylists, Elvis carefully crafted his own look, borrowing from eclectic sources to perfect a ground-breaking new style. Decked out in threads from the ultra-hip Lansky Brothers store on Beale Street in Downtown Memphis, with slick coiffed hair and black mascara, Elvis’ appearance was as sensational as his music.

His audacious style evolved over the decades: from the soft trousers and argyle socks of his youth, to the leather rocker of 1968, to the flamboyant bling of the 1970s. 

Direct from the Graceland archive, the exhibition features a wide range of costumes and ultra-cool outfits, vintage memorabilia, and treasured items from his beloved Graceland home. Fashion highlights include Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding outfits, the repurposed ’68 Special costume he wore to meet President Nixon, the diamond-encrusted Maltese cross necklace designed by Linda Thompson, and a dazzling array of Vegas jumpsuits. Personal treasures include his gold telephone, karate gi, his first-grade crayon box from Tupelo, and the bongos Priscilla gifted him on their first Christmas together in 1959.

During this time, the tourism industry will be creating a ‘Viva Bendigo’ program of events and experiences to celebrate the King of Rock n Roll. From Movie & Dessert Nights, Burning Love Special Menus and Blue Suede Choux pastries to Rock & Roll Trivia nights and Bright, and Light City activations, Bendigo will be the place to be!

Opening hours
42 View St, Bendigo, Victoria, 3550
Admission price
Adult: $30.00
Concession: $25.00
Gallery member (Bendigo Art Gallery and PGAV member galleries): $20.00
Children under 16 years: $15.00
Children under 5 years: $0.00
Family (2 Adults, 2 Children): $75.00

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