Indiana costume company helps “Elvis” earn an Oscar nomination

A lifelong Elvis fan, Butch Polston’s work was featured in the film “Elvis,” which is now nominated for Best Costume Design.

CHARLESTOWN, Indiana – At B&K Enterprises in southern Indiana, Butch Polston and his team have been making custom Elvis-inspired costumes for years. Now her work is getting a nod from Hollywood.

Polston designed approximately 30 costumes for the film elvis with Austin Butler now nominated for Best Costume Design under designer Catherine Martin.

“When you’re hired by a woman who’s a four-time Academy Award winner, I mean, gosh, that’s incredible,” he said.

Admittedly, Polston said he’s not a “Hollywood guy.” As a lifelong Elvis fan, he is more focused on keeping the King’s legacy alive.

But he said the film’s nomination still makes him proud.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity, but just because you get this opportunity doesn’t mean you get recognition and praise for it,” Polston said. “I’m also incredibly proud of the 30 other projects we’ve done. plus the twenty movies and all these tribute artists.”

Polston’s now decades-old business thrived on a love for Elvis. At first he just wanted to track down a suit for himself.

With the blessing of the original creators of Elvis costumes, he went into business making jumpsuits for everyone from impersonators to movie stars.

“We became the next generation to take their legacy to,” he said.

Polston said B&K created about 30 pieces for it in total elvis Hundreds of hours of hard work by his team.

“It took us as long to make these 30 weird costumes as it did to shoot a good part of the movie,” he said.

Polston said he just finished work on another film about Priscilla Presley, directed by Sofia Coppola.

And as always there are many other customers including a new generation inspired by Elvis’ life and music.

“I’m doing stuff now for kids who haven’t even been born yet, they’re young enough now that some of them are my great-grandchildren,” Polston said. “His legacy will live on forever, but what’s next for us only time will tell.”

Polston said he will be watching Oscars night and wished the best for them elvis Costume designer and her team.

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