Long before Levi’s Engineered Garments started playing around with proportions, and fiddling with the long established Levi’s genetic traits, Elvis Presley’s prison denims from the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock took some artistic liberties with ‘stitch length’.

Clearly a stylised cinematic rendition of prison blues, they break the rules of stitch length, determined by how many stitches per inch, often an indicator of a garments quality. The more stitches, generally the higher the quality, ‘needlepoint’ stitched shirts are a prime example of this.

The King’s outfit actually appears to be black, not blue, with thick white long donkey stitches either painted or printed on, they make for a striking visual suit on screen, especially when gyrating round the cell block. As one is want to do.

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