The Replacement Jumpsuit Cape and Belt
By Phil Arnold
Mid-Length Cape of Aloha from Hawaii American Eagle Jumpsuit
Aloha from Hawaii American Eagle Jumpsuit with Long Cape
In addition, Elvis, true to his generous nature, had given away the matching white bejeweled eagle belt to a friend, the wife of Hawaii Five-0 star Jack Lord.
Elvis, Phyllis Diller, and Jack Lord
With the cape and belt both missing, Joe Esposito made an emergency call to Bill Belew, and pleaded for replacements within 24 hours. Belew threw all his resources to the project and got both finished in short order.
Of course, they still had to get from Los Angeles to Aaho, so Elvis had arrangements made for air travel. Belew had other commitments and could not make the trip. Instead, he sent a trusted colleague to personally deliver the cape and belt to Elvis. The assistant had a first class ticket, but guess where the cape and belt were during the flight? Right beside the assistant in their own first class seat. We've always known Elvis traveled first class, but who figured his stage costumes did too.
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