Thursday, January 17, 2008

Elvis Presley Costumer Bill Belew Dies at 76

Elvis PresleyyThe designer who created Elvis Presley's famous white all-in-one jumpsuit has died, it is reported.

Bill Belew will be best known for coming up with The King's tight, bejeweled outfit, as well as a black leather number he wore on a 1968 TV special.

He died at he age of 76 in Palm Springs, California, after battling diabetes.

In his nearly 50-year career, Belew also designed costumes for other TV, movie and stage stars ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Gloria Estefan.

But it's his work with legendary Elvis for which he'll be best remembered. "Bill Belew changed the face of rock 'n' roll fashion," Presley costume historian Butch Polston said.

By Owen Williams, Jan 17 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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