The sensatıonal costume desıgns of the newly screened “Elvıs” bıographıc movıe are on our radar
The highly-anticipated movie telling the life story of the “King of Rock’n Roll” Elvis Presley is in theaters now. Baz Luhrmann, the director of projects such as “Romeo Juliet”, “Moulin Rouge”, and “Great Gatsby” sits in the director’s chair for the movie and chose Austin Butler for the role of Elvis Presley. Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks stars Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager with whom he had a complicated relationship. Olivia DeJonge plays the role of Presley’s wife Priscilla Presley.
The “Elvis” biopic, which premiered at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, sent the first message of its popularity when the audience gave the movie a 12-minute standing ovation and made Austin Butler a Hollywood star overnight. With box office revenues of over $155 million, the movie is sure to compete in several categories at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Austin defines the story of “The King of Rock’n Roll” in three different styles: “Young and rebel Elvis, a Hollywood star, and a legend making history.” Oscar-winning Catherine Martin is the designer of the bright, colorful costumes reminiscent of every era that delight our eyes in the film. As the life partner of the director Baz Luhrmann, the designer worked with him in almost all her husband’s movies. This time, Catherine had a hard task. Elvis and Priscilla Presley were the style icons back then. They never got out of style thanks to their unique styles and glamorous personas. It was quite hard to show all of these in the movie. Therefore, adopting the idea of “A responsible job requires a responsible partner,” the designer invited the Italian fashion designer Miuccia Prada to the set to work together. This duo did a great job together by examining the archives of Prada and Miu Miu. In total, more than 90 costumes were designed exclusively for the lead actor, including Elvis Presley’s black leather jumpsuit, gold suite, iconic pink suit, a black costume with embroidered collar, and other immortal pieces. Martin also collaborated with Indiana’s “B&K Enterprises”, which designed many of the original Vegas jumpsuits that defined the artist’s final decade.
Catherine Martin defines the growth of Elvis’s style as follows: “For Elvis, the fifties were the era when his career started and where he expressed his crazy soul. He filled his garderobe with classic styles in the sixties. Later, his favorite was leather jackets, but he changed his motorrider jackets and leather pants with white pieces in line with the statue of a superstar in the seventies when he was at the top of his career.”
The shoes for Austin Butler were entrusted to Manolo Blahnik, a longtime Elvis Presley fan, who first heard him when he was 12 or 13 years old and fell in love with the first notes of “All Shake Up”. He proposed to draw attention to a different detail in the movie. He chose not to recreate an exact replica of the artist’s shoes, but to keep up with the fashion of the time. Thus, he created Elvis’ simple
everyday shoes and the bold black-and-white boots that always managed to be at the forefront of the scene. No movie about the King would be complete without a display of his jewelry and watches.
Butler wears an antique Rolex King Midas watch in the movie, proving that the artist always had a great interest in watches and jewelry. The reason for this is that jewelry was a psychological symbol of his success. That’s why no matter how successful he was – his inconceivable passion for jewelry grew more and more every day.