The King’s Gold: Elvis Presley’s Gold Lamé Suit

Elvis wore some stunning stagewear during his career. Just think – you can easily name so many of his iconic outfits: the American Eagle jumpsuit from “Aloha from Hawaii,” the black leather suit from the ’68 Special, and, of course, his gold lamé suit.

That gold lamé suit turns 60 years old this year, but it looks as brilliant as ever – and it has a new home at Graceland’s new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. But more on that in a bit.

Elvis' glittering gold suit came complete with a pair of gold shoes.

Elvis’ glittering gold suit came complete with a pair of gold shoes.

Elvis’ manager, Col. Tom Parker, commissioned famed tailor Nudie Cohn, to create a sparkling suit for Elvis to wear on stage. Nudie’s suits are famous for their intricate embroidery and rhinestones, and his client list included Hank Williams, Porter Wagoner, John Lennon, John Wayne, Cher and many more.

Elvis’ gold lamé suit included the jacket, pants, shoes, necktie and belt, and it cost $2,500.

Elvis often substituted parts of the suit, but wore the jacket.

Elvis often substituted parts of the suit, but wore the jacket.

Elvis first wore the suit in late February or March 1957 for a photo shoot, and then wore it on stage for the first time in Chicago on March 28, 1957, and continued to wear the suit throughout 1957.

Elvis often substituted black pants for the gold pants. He only wore the full gold suit for three performances: in Chicago on March 28, in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 29, and in Toronto, Canada, on April 2.

Elvis wore at least some part of the gold suit in cities like Toronto, Canada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Seattle, Washington, and his hometown, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis wore at least some part of the gold suit in cities like Toronto, Canada, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Seattle, Washington, and his hometown, Tupelo, Mississippi.

The glittery gold suit was put into storage while Elvis served in the U.S. Army. After returning from service, he wore parts of it once more, at the benefit concert for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial, on March 25, 1961. At that show, he wore the jacket and necktie, but opted for dark pants.

What better way to advertise for a show than with a gold suit?

What better way to advertise for a show than with a gold suit?

Elvis never wore the suit again.

Besides wearing it on stage, the suit is also featured on album covers.

Show of hands - who has this album?

Show of hands – who has this album?

If you’d like to see this eye-catching suit for yourself, you’re in luck. It’s on display at the new Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, the world’s largest and most comprehensive Elvis museum, at our new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum is now open at Elvis Presley's Memphis at Graceland.

Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum is now open at Elvis Presley’s Memphis at Graceland.

The museum also features many of Elvis’ most iconic stage wear – including that Black Leather suit, the American Eagle jumpsuit, and many, many more. Make plans today to see it for yourself!


21 Comments

  1. Kellie White

    Hope to be able to visit again to see all the new and exciting things going on at Graceland! I love that there are new things to see, to draw previous visitors back!

  2. Sandy Van Horn

    Wow…Elvis looked good in the gold lame suit, but of course, he always looked good!

  3. Janet Davies

    What a shame he never wore it more he must have looked sensational in the suit

  4. Allman of Tempe

    Saw Elvis four times. It would have been great to see him with the gold suit on in person. A real show stopper by itself!

  5. danta saylor

    Will be there. It is awesome

  6. matt goodrich

    ‘shoulda sent the suit on tour when in the army–‘could be seen for Miles ?!

  7. Michael Bole

    Didn’t he wear the jacket for the 1968 Comeback Special?

    • Patrick

      No, it isn’t the same jacket in the NBC special But it was inspired by the gold lame suit, in reference to his rise to fame from his ‘job at the carwash’.

  8. Donna Corlito

    Great trivia on the gold lame suit
    I am lucky enough to own the album with Elvis wearing that suit

  9. MicheleKostelnikParrillo

    Will you please tell me what Lame’ Gold Suit means? Elvis was the best entertainer of all time. Everyone loved him. Men wanted to be just like him.. Woman were in love with him,
    all over the world.
    He could have worn rags and fans would have still loved him.

    Thank you very much,
    MicheleKostelnikParrillo

  10. Franci Mendiola

    Yes, I still have this album & I love it!!

  11. Beaulieu

    Pictures of proof (9-11-66)

  12. David Rosenblatt

    I saw Elvis in his gold suit and shoes at the Kiel Audiitorium in St.Louis, MO. on March 29’1957.

  13. Marie Green

    What happened to the gold shoes, haven’t seen those lately, I saw him back in 57 with the jacket and shoes but with black pants.

  14. Milica Djukich

    In the first picture of the gold suit, Elvis wore a black shirt! What was that big bold necklace?He was a wonderful generous man!

  15. Joe Ahearn

    Was at Graceland in 1992. Wanna get back there to see all this new stuff!!

  16. Todd Vernon

    Wonder where the Gold Shoes are?

  17. Marcia Tracy

    Where are the gold shoes? I want to know also. I was at the Chicago, Il. show, March 28th, 1957 and was at the stage when Elvis came out . My friends and I got to touch his GOLD shoe!! They are NOT with the suit at Graceland.

  18. Elaine Franklin

    My brother won a dance contest we he was a teenager, he won first place!! Prize this album!!! we spent many happy memories dancing to all the songs. Just loved Elvis then and now!!!

  19. I’m impressed that they have not yet made an exclusive book about the 1950s tours, with pictures of the shows and fans at the stadiums and marques de theaters, a kind of “Elvis Antology”, there is a lot of material to do that. Most biographies have the wrong focus. They are more concerned about cars and houses that Elvis bought.

  20. Scott Emberson

    There were three EPAs called “A Touch of Gold” Volume 1,2 and 3.1959to 1960.Each featuring Elvis the suit. Volume 1 Had one Elvis with a normal light background.Volume 2 had 2 Elvis pictured with black background.Volume 3 had 3Elvis photos with the white background from the album.

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