1969 - Plain and Simple, Cossack & Two Piece
1970 - Plain and Simple - Chain, Concha & Winged Suit
1971 - More Elaborate - Cisco's & Pinwheels
1972 - Jumpsuited Peak - Pins, Nails & Portholes
1973 - Jumpsuited Peak - Nice and Spangerly, Aloha & Starburst
1974 - Embroidered Heaven - Dragons, Peacocks & Americon Eagle
1975 - Embroidered Heaven - Chief, Eskimo Totem Pole & Chicken Rib
1976 - Colourful Flame
1977 - The Unworn Suit
I have a very serious interest in the jumpsuits,and I agree with you,I thought the same thing years ago, Sean Shaver would have been the best to photo Elvis's suits and to produce such a book.There are many great Elvis books, however none compare to the work of Sean Shaver,he passed away some years ago.Graceland should commision such a book, with every suit,tracking down suits in private collections is easy for them to do.As the number of suits is small,all the best hughhughp
Nowadays, thanks to fans and researchers like Leroy, I think we have about 95% (or more) of EP's wardrobe info. The only oddities (IMO) may include a one off or rarely photographed suits in Las Vegas or Tahoe (like the cobweb or knot) which to my knowledge were only discovered recently.
For me, the quest is still for the rare suit (or suits?) with black fringes worn during the opening show March 1975 in Las Vegas, where only one photo exists and it isn't too clear either. Other suits may pop up someday.
Regarding the book, I wish there is one someday. If I'm not mistaken some Norwegian guys from the fan club have been preparing one. Let's hope it is accurate and informative.
Regarding Shaver, I had a great opinion of him - I even corresponded with the guy for a year in the early 1990's and bought some books as well. I was actually led to believe, that there were unpublished photos of previously unknown suits - like the 'short fringe' or a red nail suit, stating he was lucky to get these shots. Eventually, years later, it was discovered that these were fake photos edited and made up from other known photos - just cut & paste to 'create' a new suit. Since then, though thanking Shaver for his photographic contribution in the 70's, my opinion of him has decreased.
For me, a book by Leroy will be a dream come true - like a free cold drink vending machine in the desert, and would be the mecca of all jumpsuit lovers.
By the way, does anyone know what happened to Scott Jenkins?
1969 - 1970 for me.
it didnt matter what jumpsuit he wore he looked good in it!!!jackie myers...
Yeah, that's true. I don't know nobody who has such a knowledge of Elvis jumpsuits like Leroy.
I learned a lot of his comments and corrections and I'm really grateful for this. Maybe one day he will do a book and I'm sure it will be an amazing work.
The biggest part of Elvis is his heart; it is full of love for everyone
I voted for the Peacock, Dragons, Eagle - I just love the embroidery and symbols. The costumes stood alone, I love his first jumpsuits, the Red Ladder, Eylets, those just emphasized Elvis!
Chicken Rib? I gotta go look that one up, cause it just don't sound attractive
Just pretend, I'm holding you, and whispering things soft and low.
And think of me, how it's gonna be and just pretend I didn't go
I vote in 1969 - Plain and Simple, Cossack & Two Piece. Absolutely beautiful. Elvis had a beutiful and sensual body in that time.
I voted for 1970
for me 69' - 70'
I would love to do a book about his wardrobe. There is only one problem: Graceland. Do I need to say more ?
IMO, Graceland should thank it's lucky starts and endorse a jumpsuit book by Leroy - the guy's got the knowledge, enthusiasm and love for the subject. Leroy would do THE jumpsuit book, not a jumpsuit book.
Or maybe Graceland are happy with the hodgepodge petty book they released some time ago full with inaccuracies and wrong info? It is books like those, that throw people off - if Graceland, does not use the best people for Elvis' cause, how on earth would they pretend to keep Elvis' name alive? Eh?
Come on Graceland it's time to wake up!
In My opinion Graceland/EPE don't want anyone to publish a book because the want to be seen as the people who have all the knowledge, even though we know that they are far from accurate. Unfortunately Leroy, if you wanted to make a book you would have to sell your soul to the devil! Even then they would absolutely want to be able to edit your information
I've ben wondering more and more, lately, about the question of whether Elvis' jumpsuits were made of pure white or some degree of off-white material, or both. I've long thought that many of the suits must have been rendered in pure white gabardine because white scarves (likely to be pure white with no discernible yellow in the mix) and belts didn't contrast, but when you're talking about stage lighting -- and even photography of the suits on display, sometimes -- it's hard to say how much is the object's inherent ground color and how much is the effect of lighting. There's also possibly, layered on this, the effects of age on the suit itself.
Anyway, it's for quite some time seemed to me that at least some of the suits were made off of-white material. One good example is the 1970 long fringe suit, that in live photos clearly contrasts with the white scarf that Elvis wore. Recently I noticed that a whole BUNCH of suits seem to contrast with the white of belts and so on, or with white-enameled studs. Most of, if not all, the suits from 1973 on, too, that I thought were maybe more likely to be pure white (including Aloha). On the other hand, there's a picture of Elvis wearing the 1971 'Now' suit backstage that shows a belt that's really dark in comparison to the white suit; I haven't looked to see if it was an alternate belt, but it's a sharp contrast. Of course, it'd seem that if the basic white gabardine was off-white, even slightly, the suit makers would have to go out of their way to bleach it to make it pure white, that seems unlikely.
I'm a roving roustabout...