Musicians have always had their own way into our hearts. There is something particularly majestic about a man or a woman who can make us feel at ease and understood just by singing some very right words; a man or a woman that can get on stage and make the crowd go nuts just in the sight of them.
In many of the past decades, music has had countless stars shinning because of their talent, but only few of them also had the shine of a fascinating sense of fashion. Style is important, and these people knew it well, then and now.
So, here are our top 6 most revolutionary music icons, according to their sense of style;
When one thinks of Bowie, they think of bold sparkly outfits and fiery red hair. Truth be told David Bowie was indeed that but also more. Starting off pretty simply as any schoolboy, he ended up dying his hair with food coloring. Growing up he kept the preppy mod look which abruptly turned louder and sparklier early in the 70’s but steadily led him to his Ziggy Stardust persona; catsuits, extra tight lines, patterns and shiny everything, everyone knew what Ziggy looked like. As for his questionable style choices, his mother used to say “as long as he remains a boy, I can’t see any harm in it”. In 1973 he had a retirement party honoring and leaving Ziggy back and ever since then he had been trying to tone it down.
During his “louder” phase, many of his costumes were inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.
Who would ever question the way Madonna’s style influenced all girls around the globe? Madonna paired trashy with chic like no other pop star ever could. If, post her pop-punkish days, “Like a Virgin” made all girls want to dress like they will soon be walking down the aisle with the bad boy of their dreams, the rest of Madonna’s choices, bolder and darker, signaled the coming of age of the very same girls. Whether it be Gaultier conical corsetry, post-war vintage inspired costumes, men suits or highly revealing co-ords especially designed for her tours, Madonna always knew how to do it just right, creating a punk-chic flow of her own.
Much like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury was a performer to remember; he, too, loved catsuits and skintight everything, whereas often got on stage all sparkly and sassy. His appearances were usually marked by shoulder pads and leather outerwear and he especially loved military jackets. When asked about his style on and off scene, Mercury has responded “I dress to kill, but tastefully” and he believed that “dullness is a disease”. He had also reportedly stated that anyone seeing Queen sing live wouldn’t see a concert, but an actual fashion show. Briliant!
The man behind Nirvana is known to be a legend for his bond with the Seattle-born grunge scene, but, also, for his influence in the fashion of the time and not only. Cobain’s legacy includes, among others, an everyday and carelessly cool look, consisting mainly of ripped jeans paired with flannel shirts and tees (who won’t recall the infamous Daniel Johnston’s “Hi how are you” t-shirt Kurt often rocked). Nirvana’s frontman loved grandad cardigans and was the one to create extremely-baggy-and-moth-attacked-jumper trend which instantly spread and is worn till today. He also made pajama shirts big, and actually got married wearing his pajamas. Cobain was also known for his views on gender fluidity and had been photographed wearing floral dresses or big Jackie O sunglasses – another trend of the recent years that is not at all recent!
A well-known bob cut, eyeliner and lipstick on, black dresses, crop tops. See through garments. Painted nails. Brian Molko of Placebo managed to create a figure that would tell the world a story on its own and didn’t need to speak it out even if he has. Molko has talked multiple times of bisexuality and how one’s gender does not specify how they should dress. Placebo built a huge fanbase that identified with the whole androgynous and free of gendered roles way of living, and are still insanely loved today.
Coming face to face with that infamous portrait Jean Paul Goude took of Grace Jones, and you are instantly in awe. The Jamaican-born artist defined a whole era, blending disco glam with the female nature of a leader and beautiful racial touches. Jones has always been of extraordinary beauty and would be seen thriving in luxurious shoulder padded blazers, capes, embroidered and sparkling suits, and pretty much anything that would cause the audience to gasp and would suit a crazy Studio 54 night. Weird eyewear, hats and corsets and she was good to go. As the queen of disco, she would never settle for anything “less than” and was always proud to show off everything that made her what she was; her roots, her bold features and amazingly structured face, a long and lean body and a confident character born to stand out.
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