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‘Elvis’: A Behind The Scenes Look At The Fashion From The Film

These days, Elvis Presley impersonators are well familiar with cardinal collars, sequins, flares and slick black wigs (because whose hair could actually defy gravity like Elvis’?).

But when legendary Australian director Baz Luhrmann and Oscar winning costume designer Catherine Martin got together to recreate some of the most significant moments in Presley’s career onscreen in Elvis, they took that stereotypical list of items and raised everyone 10 more.

The result? A visual display of glitz, glamour and true Elvis authenticity in the highly anticipated masterpiece.

Now, Warner Bros. has released a featurette revealing Luhrmann and Martin’s vision, and how that translated to the screen.

Watch it in the player above.

“You could not get a better life to use as a canvas,” Luhrmann says. “The music, the looks, the fashion, an icon of time, he’s actually a symbol of culture.”

Martin continues: “Baz wanted to tap into Elvis’ iconic style moments—we studied all the references to the nth degree.”

Of course, who better to wear the wardrobe so meticulously pulled together than Austin Butler? If Luhrmann and Martin spent that long studying Elvis’ wardrobe, you can only imagine how deep the actor went into learning the behaviour and personality of the star.

The result is a sight to behold—Butler’s two-years worth of research and method acting has garnered him raving reviews from Hollywood. And to make his performance all the more authentic, he dons clothing nearly identical to those Presley was famously snapped in, along with his on-stage ensembles.

“[In Elvis] You look at the way he dressed throughout his career going back to the 50s, the loose shirts, the flowing pants, the custom shoes, the 60s black leather,” Butler explains, adding, “I also love the white jumpsuit.”

Martin, who has previously said she pulled together more than 900 costumes between Butler, his co-star Olivia DeJong (who plays Priscilla Presley) and the hundreds of extras, says the most important element of nailing the wardrobe was staying true to the fashion of three different eras.

The film’s narrative covers Elvis’ career from when he was first discovered by Colonel Tom Parker in the 1950s right through to his Vegas residency and death in the late 1970s. For a movie so dedicated to getting the fashion right, these three transformative decades each needed their moment onscreen.

“It was about finding the distinct shift between periods,” Martin explains, “And we were lucky enough to rekindle collaboration with Prada and Miu Miu and Miuccia Prada to tell the Elvis story through iconic designs.

Indeed, watching the nearly three-hour film does induce a feeling of fashion whiplash—in the best way.

Many of us didn’t grow up with Elvis Presley, but we’re all well aware of his distinct style—including some of his specific items—so seeing it interpreted onscreen mixed with its juxtaposition and harmony with the styles of the time is somewhat of a sensory explosion. It’s a sparkling window to the past, one that’s very easy on the eyes.

To see the fashion evolution in person, Elvis will be released in theatres Australia wide on June 23.

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