On March 11, 2007, Doc Walker with Sirius radio did a walk-thru the Elvis Jumpsuits All Access Exhibition at the Sincerely Elvis Museum with Angie Marchese, Graceland Archives Manager.
Graceland archives manager Angie Marchese estimates the value of the 88 suits in Graceland's archives from $100,000 to "much, much more," with the American Eagle suit rivaling the value of Elvis' pink Cadillac and the gold lame suit.
Marchese said the new jumpsuit exhibition is in addition to other jumpsuits already on display at Graceland. The American Eagle suit is on display in the racquetball court on Graceland tours. It is among eight jumpsuits on display there, along with four in the trophy building and two in the Elvis After Dark Museum.
In all, Marchese says she knows of roughly 120 jumpsuits, about 20 of which are in private collections.
Marchese says that the remaining 18 jumpsuits will likely be rotated with the existing 56 jumpsuits on display now.
Do you know?
Some of the early suits do not have the macram? belts because Elvis would get them tangled up in the wires while he was performing and they had to be cut away. They were destroyed. That is why he got away from the long, dangling macram? belts.
The Black Conquistador jumpsuit was designed by Gene Doucette. It was inspired by the floor tile he saw in a bathroom. The precious stones were imported from Austria. You cannot get these stones today.
King of Spades jumpsuit ? a lady from Texas had a ring made from one of the stones that is missing. You can see on the right knee, in the middle of the Cross where the stone is missing.
That Vernon used to collect the stones that fell off the jumpsuits and would give them away.
The Gold Inca jumpsuit is the last suit to have a cape.
The jumpsuits with a Native American flair were designed to honor Elvis? Cherokee heritage. Elvis was part Cherokee Indian.
The Baby Blue Silver Lemae jumpsuit is the only one in the collection that Elvis never got to wear. After his death, Bill Belew sent this jumpsuit to Vernon. There was no belt with this suit.