I love Elvis. He’s got to be one of the most beautiful men that has ever walked this earth, he had the moves, the voice and by god did he have the style to win over a league of fans over generations. One of the best trips I’ve ever made was to his Graceland home in Memphis. It’s full of so many trinkets and treasures, costumes and cars and the most glamorous airplanes I’ve ever stepped foot on. He really did live like a King! When I saw that there was going to be an Elvis Presley exhibition hitting the O2 arena in London there was no way I was going to miss out… with over 300 artefacts and the news that it’s the largest retrospective ever mounted in Europe, it’s clear that London wasn’t messing around for what would have been Elvis’s 80th year had he still been alive…
This was my first visit to the Millenium Dome where the show is installed and it’s a truly vast building. Thankfully that meant lots of giant Elvis images everywhere to swoon over! I decided to embrace a rockabilly look for the day; with my victory rolls still in place from the London Edge event, I was feeling inspired to show a different style to quite a feminine look. Ladies who think you have to be all dolled up for this kind of pin up hair are missing out – with a tee and jeans you can get more bang out your buck for a hair do and not feel over dressed for a casual day out. If you give your hair a good hairspray before bedtime and cover it the best you can with a scarf, you can sleep with it all done up you can make it last. Nothing ventured nothing gained, so if you’re getting it done be sure to give this a go!
I knew I was going to be bowled over by all the awesome Elvis memorabilia so I decided to go whole hog and dress for the occasion… With my trusty bowling shoes (re-soled to use outdoors), leopard print cardigan (oldie from Oasis) and my favourite tshirt from Splitsville bowling ally, I felt ready for all the action and excitement. You can’t really see it that well in the photos, but I’m also rocking my new favourite brooch – it’s the I Love Lucy logo from Von Trash Jewellery and it’s awesome! Just because you’re dressing causally doesn’t mean you can’t add your own kitsch twist to it. Elvis never looked drab and it’s about time we started following in the man’s footsteps! I always enjoy a little bit of theme dressing, and you can never feel OTT when the king is in the building… so much fun!
Whilst the exhibition is really only a taster of what’s in store at Graceland itself, it still takes a couple of hours to wander round and is full of great stuff. On display there is lots of posters, jewellery and fan collectables (these are my favourites), a selection of his costumes including the Aloha From Hawaii jumpsuit and chair and guitar from the infamous 68 comeback concert, his big billiard table, a few of his beloved cars, a great short film about him and another showing footage of the house . . . and the thing I was most thrilled with; a red hot phone line that you can get a dream call from the man himself on. Seriously, I am so in love!
It goes without saying that there was no chance in hell I was going to make it through this adventure without investing in a few goodies from the gift shop to add to my ever growing Elvis collection on the way out. With The Presley Family Cookbook, a beautiful original Elvis stamp & envelope for my studio and the cutest Elvis name necklace, I am in seventh heaven! Well, there’s no better homage to the man himself than a little bit of bling, right? Talk about being all shook up! I love it when you can buy more interesting items than t-shirts and mugs at exhibitions. These items are definitely going to be lasting a lifetime and are going to be passed down through generations I’m certain! In a nutshell, this is a really great day out!
For all you major fans of The King, show is on till August and if you fancy making a pilgrimage you can book tickets in advance here
Happy hunting hound dogs!