A selection of costumes from contemporary artists highlights the unbroken line of Presley's influence, as glimpsed in Kid Rock's devil-red Elvis homage, Katy Perry's revealing rhinestone-encrusted swimsuit, and Carrie Underwood's gleaming white awards-show dress.
Some of the biggest names also proved to be the most thoughtful Elvis fans. One piece on display is the leather jacket Bruce Springsteen wore during the "Born to Run" tour -- during which, on a visit to Memphis, he tried scaling Graceland's fence to meet the King. Meanwhile, U2 singer Bono's "MacPhisto" outfit from the band's "Zoo TV" tour is a brilliantly detailed merger of Presley's famed double breasted "If I Can Dream" suit and his famed gold lamé jacket.
Justin Timberlake is another superstar who offered up a Presley-connected item. "(Timberlake) was very specific about sending these white tuxedo shoes that he wore on some award-show red carpets and to various photo shoots," said Marchese.
"He told us he wore them because Elvis had worn white shoes like them. And so we've set Timberlake's shoes alongside Presley's original pair in the display."