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January 08, 2010

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Gene doucette says the outfit "Sunburst" was one of Elvis' favorites because Elvis thought it brought the eye to his face.

Dressing the King

Elvis would have been 75 years old today. And even though it's been more than 30 years since he died, worldwide celebrations are being held and Elvis mania seems as big as ever. Gene Doucette was a young designer specializing in embroidery back in 1972 when he got a call that would change his life: he was asked to help design jumpsuits for Elvis Presley's live concerts. Gene talks to Dick about what it was like creating the elaborate costumes that are nearly as memorable as the songs. 

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