I have read somewhere (apparently from a "reputable source") that Elvis rarely wore red, as he was "at odds with the color" - which may explain why we have few quality photographs of this jumpsuit. Yet, as a color, red is quite audacious and light-friendly - in that it's not swallowed up by shadows on stage, and it is a color that is regarded in many parts of the world, such as China, as "lucky". The gold accoutrements that decorate this jumpsuit are unquestionably complimenatry - just look at the beautiful gold eyelets, gold International Champion belt, and gold studs! All these features give the suit a regal radiance and universal appeal. Naturally, "white is right": it is partial to stage light (strobes, etc); can be seen from a distance; gives emphasis to Elvis' contours, and glistens like snow - with or without color.
I do, however, question the hypothosis that Elvis was impartial to red, considering that the most famous pirate shirt worn by Elvis was, in fact, red. Indeed, there are many images of Elvis in red, or a maroon color closest to it. Just look at his finely tailored dark-red suit in The 68 Comeback Special. Come to think of it, Elvis owned an impressive gallery of red belts, red shoes, red hats, red cars, red scarves and red furniture.
Some of the more accomplished ETA's, such as Shawn Klush, wear red, and wear it well! I would, though, hesitate to claim that this suit is superior to The Aloha jumpsuit;however, in my mind, the Red Matador (or "Burning Love " suit) is probably one of his more striking jumpsuits from the 70's era. I assume it is a suit largely ignored for the obvious fact that Elvis rarely wore it - but when he did (as in "Elvis on Tour") he wore it with the poise and majesty of a prince!
Sincerely, Gabriel. Karra Garra Island, Australia