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Priscilla Presley reflects on some of her most iconic looks and reveals Elvis loved dressing up


Priscilla Presley gave a rundown of her most famous fashion statements, from the 1960’s to her most recent stylish appearance at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. 

The ex-wife of the legendary singer Elvis Presley, 77, spoke to Vogue during their famous Life In Looks segment while wearing a chic silk polka dot shirt and large silver heart necklace. 

During the segment, she revealed that the King of Rock and Roll loved dressing up, and ‘never liked that feeling or look as being too relaxed.’ 

Fashion icon: Priscilla Presley gave a rundown of her most famous fashion statements, from the 1960's to her most recent stylish appearance at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

Fashion icon: Priscilla Presley gave a rundown of her most famous fashion statements, from the 1960’s to her most recent stylish appearance at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

One of the fashion statements from the couple came in 1967, with Elvis and Priscilla in Palm Springs, right after their wedding. 

‘We always dressed up. Elvis never liked that feeling or look as being too relaxed. Look, this was his natural outfit that he would wear at the house, either in LA or here in Palm Springs. He always dressed and liked to dress up. And so did I,’ she explained.

‘Elvis had this idea that, always looking good for each other, always making sure that that never lapsed. The fact is we cared for each other, loved each other, had fun with each other, but never to get so relaxed that it was kind of sloppy,’ the beauty added.  

Chic: The ex-wife of the legendary singer Elvis Presley, 77, spoke to Vogue during their famous Life In Looks segment while wearing a chic silk polka dot shirt and large silver heart necklace

Chic: The ex-wife of the legendary singer Elvis Presley, 77, spoke to Vogue during their famous Life In Looks segment while wearing a chic silk polka dot shirt and large silver heart necklace

Their best looks: During the segment, she revealed that the King of Rock and Roll loved dressing up, and 'never liked that feeling or look as being too relaxed'

Their best looks: During the segment, she revealed that the King of Rock and Roll loved dressing up, and ‘never liked that feeling or look as being too relaxed’ 

The video began with Priscilla in 1960, while she was in Frankfurt, Germany, where she has been living with her family. 

Though she was born in New York, Priscilla’s stepfather was a United States Air Force officer who was transferred to West Germany when she was a teenager. It was there that she met Elvis during his military career, while at a house party in 1959.

By the time the photo was taken Elvis was set to leave the country: ‘This is an important day. Yes, this was the day that Elvis was going back to the United States. We had just finished his duties in Germany.’

Never sloppy: 'Elvis had this idea that, always looking good for each other, always making sure that that never lapsed. The fact is we cared for each other, loved each other, had fun with each other, but never to get so relaxed that it was kind of sloppy'

Never sloppy: ‘Elvis had this idea that, always looking good for each other, always making sure that that never lapsed. The fact is we cared for each other, loved each other, had fun with each other, but never to get so relaxed that it was kind of sloppy’

‘I dreaded this day very much because I didn’t know, actually, if I was ever going to see him again,’ she said of the photo, which saw her wearing a coat and a white silk headscarf as she waved. 

Priscilla described the one thing Elvis had asked her on that day: ‘One request that he asked, that I not be teary-eyed so you see me smiling here.’

‘There are other pictures where I am down and looking away, and knowing that I may never see him again. So that was the beginning,’ she said. 

Saying goodbye: The video began with Priscilla in 1960, while she was in Frankfurt, Germany, bidding goodbye to Elvis, who had just finished his military duties

Saying goodbye: The video began with Priscilla in 1960, while she was in Frankfurt, Germany, bidding goodbye to Elvis, who had just finished his military duties

iconic hair: The next photo was also from the 1960's, and featured a young Priscilla with her signature massive bouffant ¿do which she did 'especially for Elvis' as a surprise

iconic hair: The next photo was also from the 1960’s, and featured a young Priscilla with her signature massive bouffant ‘do which she did ‘especially for Elvis’ as a surprise 

The next photo was also from the 1960’s, and featured a young Priscilla with her signature massive bouffant ‘do 

‘That’s a pretty big hairdo I have,’ she joked before adding, ‘This was the style.  That was my hair. Not all of it. I had a little bun underneath and then my hair went on top of it.’  

‘I did this especially for Elvis. He had gone away to do a movie and I wanted to surprise him,’ she revealed, and admitted that it took about an hour and a half to complete.

Gift from the King: Another vintage snap from 1963 saw the actress at Memphis International Airport getting ready to go to California with a little poodle that was a gift from Elvis

Gift from the King: Another vintage snap from 1963 saw the actress at Memphis International Airport getting ready to go to California with a little poodle that was a gift from Elvis

Dressed up: The stylish beauty dressed up for her flight, wearing black leather gloves and a matching leather bag: 'People back in the day dressed up. And I mean really dressed up'

Dressed up: The stylish beauty dressed up for her flight, wearing black leather gloves and a matching leather bag: ‘People back in the day dressed up. And I mean really dressed up’ 

‘The problem was trying to  keep it that way for a week because we just got our hair done once a week. That was the deal.’ 

The next vintage snap came from 1963, with the actress at Memphis International Airport, as she was getting ready to go to California with a little white poodle named Honey, that was gifted to her by Elvis for Christmas the year prior.

The stylish beauty dressed up for her flight, wearing black leather gloves and a matching leather bag: ‘People back in the day dressed up. And I mean really dressed up, because being on an airplane and flying was quite the thing.’

‘You never saw anyone underdressed at all,’ she added.

Big day: Taking a walk down memory lane, Priscilla then turned to a photo from her and Elvis' wedding day in 1967: 'This is a big day for us. This is our wedding day'

Big day: Taking a walk down memory lane, Priscilla then turned to a photo from her and Elvis’ wedding day in 1967: ‘This is a big day for us. This is our wedding day’

Secret: 'This was such a well-kept secret, because we wanted it to be our wedding, with our friends, and not to be loaded with paparazzi,' she said of their nuptials

Secret: ‘This was such a well-kept secret, because we wanted it to be our wedding, with our friends, and not to be loaded with paparazzi,’ she said of their nuptials 

Taking a walk down memory lane, Priscilla then turned to a photo from her and Elvis’ wedding day in 1967: ‘This is a big day for us. This is our wedding day.’

The style icon then explained the history of her stunning wedding dress: ‘The story about this dress and finding it, is Charlie Hodge, who worked for Elvis, I had asked to go with me to find a wedding dress. And why is that? It’s because I would go into stores, people would recognize me, and of course then know that there’s a wedding ahead.’

‘This was such a well-kept secret, because we wanted it to be our wedding, with our friends, and not to be loaded with paparazzi.’

Frank's plane: The next snap featured Priscilla and Elvis after their wedding, in 1967, as they were getting on Frank Sinatra's plane to avoid the paparazzi

Frank’s plane: The next snap featured Priscilla and Elvis after their wedding, in 1967, as they were getting on Frank Sinatra’s plane to avoid the paparazzi 

‘So, Charlie Hodge went with me and I found a beautiful, beautiful shop, all wedding dresses. They had no idea who I was.  I cam in with glasses actually on. I went into the dressing room. I’d come out with a wedding dress, and ask Charlie, “What do you think darling, do you like it?” People thinking that we were getting married.’

The star – who was married to Elvis from 1967 until 1973 – said she took a liking to the dress because it was ‘very feminine, very lightweight, not too heavy and it matched very well with Elvis’ suit.’ 

The next snap featured Priscilla and Elvis after their wedding, in 1967, as they were getting on Frank Sinatra’s plane in Las Vegas to go back to Palm Spring.

Iconic frock: After the birth of their daughter Lisa Marie in 1968, Priscilla wore a sensational fuchsia dress from Neiman Marcus, which was recreated (right) in the new hit film Elvis, for actress Olivia DeJonge

Iconic frock: After the birth of their daughter Lisa Marie in 1968, Priscilla wore a sensational fuchsia dress from Neiman Marcus, which was recreated (right) in the new hit film Elvis, for actress Olivia DeJonge

‘It was very natural that Elvis and I kind of blended together. I always picked out things that were very dressy. And it always seemed to go exactly with what Elvis had,’ she said.

Priscilla then added that Sinatra had offered for them to use his plane so that they ‘could keep everything low key’ and ‘private.’ 

‘It was very gracious of him to do this, because it helped a lot. Because after the wedding, the paparazzi definitely was after us,’ she said.

Bright: Another one of the star's memorable fashionable moments took place in 1970, when she wore a stunning bright pink Bill Belew dress, who also designed Elvis' Las Vegas jumpsuits

Bright: Another one of the star’s memorable fashionable moments took place in 1970, when she wore a stunning bright pink Bill Belew dress, who also designed Elvis’ Las Vegas jumpsuits 

The next stunning photograph came from 1968, after the birth of their daughter Lisa Marie, with Priscilla looking sensational in a fuchsia dress from Neiman Marcus. 

‘In fact in the movie, “Elvis” this was duplicated for Olivia, who plays me,’ she explained, referring to the new Baz Luhrmann directed hit film about her late ex-husband, where she is played by Olivia DeJonge. 

Priscilla also revealed that Elvis was ‘so afraid’ to hold Lisa as a newborn: ‘I think a lot of men feel that way, but he was so frightened that he would drop her.’  

Stylish duo: The next look came from 1970, with Elvis and his wife looking stylish as ever at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas

Stylish duo: The next look came from 1970, with Elvis and his wife looking stylish as ever at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas

Another one of the star’s memorable fashionable moments took place in 1970, when she wore a stunning bright pink Bill Belew dress.

This is one of my favorite, favorite photos,’ Priscilla said, adding that Belew did a lot of Elvis’ clothes as well: ‘In fact, Bill Belew did all of his jumpsuits for Las Vegas.’ 

The next look came from 1970, with Elvis and his wife looking stylish as ever at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas.

Denim look: Another blast from the past was an all-denim look that Priscilla rocked outside of their Bis and Beau Boutique in 1974

Denim look: Another blast from the past was an all-denim look that Priscilla rocked outside of their Bis and Beau Boutique in 1974

‘Here we have Elvis, of course with his cross on,’ Priscilla explained. ‘He always had a cross, the TCB. I actually designed the TCB necklace. We were on a plane going to Memphis one day, and he said to me, that he wanted to have something for the guys that made it just for the guys. A piece of jewelry for TCB, especially.’

‘And as we’re flying, it started to rain. And as it rained, a lighting bolt came across the sky. And I looked at it, and I drew a lighting bolt. And then I put the TCB right on it. And then I said to him, “Is this what you mean?” 

‘And he looked at it and he said, oh My God, this is it. This is what I want. And the rest is history. Who knew that it would be as big as it is? And I’ll be darned I don’t have a patent on it,’ she said.   

TV star: The next photo of Priscilla featured her as Jenna Wade, the character she played on the Dallas series from 1983 to 1988

TV star: The next photo of Priscilla featured her as Jenna Wade, the character she played on the Dallas series from 1983 to 1988

Another blast from the past was an all-denim look that Priscilla rocked outside of their Bis and Beau Boutique in 1974. 

‘We had a lot of celebrities that came to the shop. We had Cher, we had Barbara Streisand, we had Victoria Principal.’ 

The next photo of Priscilla featured her as Jenna Wade, the character she played on the Dallas series from 1983 to 1988. 

Vogue cover: Another iconic photograph was her Vogue cover, featuring her daughter, 54, and granddaughter Riley Keough, 33, in 2007, shot by Annie Leibovitz

Vogue cover: Another iconic photograph was her Vogue cover, featuring her daughter, 54, and granddaughter Riley Keough, 33, in 2007, shot by Annie Leibovitz

Made for dancing: The next outfit came from Priscilla's time on Dancing With The Stars in 2008, where she wore a stunning ball gown

Made for dancing: The next outfit came from Priscilla’s time on Dancing With The Stars in 2008, where she wore a stunning ball gown

‘This is actually my first, my first scene,’ she said, adding: ‘I tried so hard making sure that I got everything right. And I was afraid that I would have to do the scene all over again ’cause it was a lot of dialogue. And I did it on my first take so I was very proud of that.’

Another iconic photograph was her Vogue cover, featuring her daughter, 54, and granddaughter Riley Keough, 33, in 2007, shot by Annie Leibovitz.

The next outfit came from Priscilla’s time on Dancing With The Stars in 2008, where she wore a stunning ball gown. 

Clad in Prada: Following that was her outfit from the Met Gala, where she wore a spectacular black Prada gown, while standing next to Elvis director Baz Luhrmann, 59

Clad in Prada: Following that was her outfit from the Met Gala, where she wore a spectacular black Prada gown, while standing next to Elvis director Baz Luhrmann, 59

Beauty: The next extraordinary look came from the Cannes premiere of Elvis, where she wore a shimmery brown Prada dress

Beauty: The next extraordinary look came from the Cannes premiere of Elvis, where she wore a shimmery brown Prada dress

With Austin: She also heaped praise on Austin Butler, 30, who plays the iconic singer in the movie Elvis: 'Austin did an amazing job playing Elvis. Unbelievable, so unbelievable. It was frightening. Both my daughter and I were blown away'

With Austin: She also heaped praise on Austin Butler, 30, who plays the iconic singer in the movie Elvis: ‘Austin did an amazing job playing Elvis. Unbelievable, so unbelievable. It was frightening. Both my daughter and I were blown away’

Following that was her outfit from the Met Gala, where she wore a spectacular black Prada gown, while standing next to director Baz Luhrmann, 59. 

While the next extraordinary look came from the Cannes premiere of Elvis, where she wore a shimmery brown Prada dress.  

She also heaped praise on Austin Butler, 30, who plays the late rock n’ roll star in the movie Elvis: ‘Austin did an amazing job playing Elvis. Unbelievable, so unbelievable. It was frightening. Both my daughter and I were blown away.’ 

The star also had compliments for the director, saying: ‘Baz Luhrmann did a great job. Totally great job, very unique. And it tells the story of the ups and downs of the relationship that Elvis had with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Never been told before. So it’s a new movie.’ 

Elvis premiered in theaters on June 24, 2022. 

She approves: The star also complimented Luhrman, saying he 'did a great job' on the movie, which 'tells the story of the ups and downs of the relationship that Elvis had with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker'; Elvis pictured with Parker

She approves: The star also complimented Luhrman, saying he ‘did a great job’ on the movie, which ‘tells the story of the ups and downs of the relationship that Elvis had with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker’; Elvis pictured with Parker 

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