Since the lockdown began, Graceland archives have been sharing some fascinating videos on Elvis Presley’s possessions. And now the Memphis mansion is open again, Director of Archives Angie Marchese has kept them going. The latest is an insightful look at the King’s hat collection.
Speaking from inside the Graceland archives, Angie said: “Something that people don’t really connect a lot with Elvis, but he could pull it off, and that’s hats.”
She then brought out one of three sailor hats owed by the King in the collection.
The style is late fifties/early sixties, with one of them including venting to keep the King cool.
Angie also revealed the fascinating fact that Elvis had a pretty small head.
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- Elvis Presley: Graceland announces first ever VIRTUAL Elvis Week
His hat size was only a seven, seven and a half, as it turns out.
Other highlights in the video include a red velvet fedora he’s seen wearing in photos from the late sixties.
Either down by the gates of Graceland, around Memphis or in California.
And last but not least was a rather eccentric hat, that only Elvis could pull off.
Made by Lansky Bros of Beale Street, this hat looks like something out of the 17th century.
Yesterday, Graceland announced its first ever Virtual Elvis Week to take place on August 8-16, alongside a modified physical one at the Memphis Mansion.
A new statement on the Graceland official website read: “If you are unable to join us in Memphis this year, we are excited to announce our first-ever Virtual Elvis Week!
“We invite everyone around the world to enjoy the fun and camaraderie of Elvis Week in this closed Facebook group.”
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It continued: “[It] will feature a mix of past Elvis Week concerts and panels, new interviews with bandmates, co-stars and friends, new behind-the-scenes Graceland content, a look back at previous Candlelight Vigils, Elvis tribute artists, and of course a live stream view of our 2020 Candlelight Vigil (the live stream will also be available, as always, on Graceland.com, free of charge).
“From those who have never been, to those who come every year: here is your chance to celebrate Elvis and your shared fanship together.”
“Tickets for Virtual Elvis Week are $39.00 and will be available to purchase soon!”
This year marks a significant anniversary for Elvis Week, as The King has now be dead longer than he was alive.
The 42-year-old died of a heart attack upstairs at Graceland, which is off-limits to the public.
A biopic of Elvis’ life and career was about to start shooting in Australia just as the pandemic became widespread in March.
Austin Butler stars as The King in Baz Luhrmann’s movie, opposite Tom Hanks’ Colonel Tom Parker.
The Elvis movie is released on November 5, 2021.
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