The man who created Elvis Presley’s iconic stage suits in the late 60s and 70s has died in Palm Springs. Costume designer Bill Belew created the bad ass leather outfit Elvis wore in his ’68 Comeback Special and many of the superhero jumpsuits The King wore in the 1970s. The high-collared jumpsuits—with accompanying belts and even capes!!!—became the official uniform of would-be rockers in that strangest of decades with everyone from the Jackson 5 and the Osmonds to your Uncle Dan donning jumpsuits and chunky boots.
“Bill Belew changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll fashion,” Presley costume historian Butch Polston said.