The last combinations are the 1975 “Phoenix”
suits. Probably everybody knows by now the original designs were
based upon the idea of a zebra. This is still visible in the belts.
Elvis had several variations of these outfits and all of them had
its own original designed belt. But sometime Elvis altered them,
which causes a lot of confusion. For instance, Elvis would wear the
Blue Jumpsuit with Silver Phoenix”
often with the belt of the “White
Jumpsuit with Black Phoenix”
and the other way around. During my conversation with Gene Doucette
he told me, he also designed a “Black
Jumpsuit with Silver Phoenix”.
It’s not known if Elvis ever used the suit but he certainly used the
matching belt. To make things more complicated Elvis also altered
the belt buckles as if he knew one day some idiot would try to untie
Two different belts and
buckles on the same suit. The belt and buckle on the left picture
belongs to the unknown “Black
Jumpsuit with White Phoenix”. It’s a black leather belt
with white zebra stripes. The belt on the right picture is unknown, so I guess it’s one that has been
made later. The buckle is original and belongs to this suit.
Above left: The “Black
with original belt and buckle
The same belt and buckle this time worn on the “Silver
Above three pictures of the
December 31st, 1976, Pittsburgh.
Elvis is wearing the “Black
yet another belt and buckle.
This is probably a new custom made belt.
Two different pictures of the “Red
Phoenix”. On the
left as being used in 1975 with original customized belt and buckle.
On the right again the same suit, this time in December 1976 with a
new belt and buckle.