Everyone has his or her own individual sense of style. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. There are some style leaders of course that we want to follow. However quite often, what the celebrities wear is so flamboyant that it looks quite weird. They can still carry them, as they are celebrities, some of whom are known to be quite whacky. But this weird sense of fashion won’t look good on the rest of us.
Rihanna‘s see-through Swarovski dress was quite the show-stopper at the CFDA Awards because you could see her entire body through the dress. Her complete disregard for modesty sets her apart. Rihanna is always transforming herself from beautiful Barbadosian singing queen, to overtly sexual songstress.
Minaj is among the most influential female rappers of all time. Her fashion persona however looks really weird. She proudly wears brightly colored makeup, technicolor costumes and wigs.
Age has nothing to do with flamboyant dressing. Elton John is a pillar of AIDS activism. But he is well-known for wildly outlandish performance costumes, (such as giant feather ensembles, and sequin jumpsuits among others). Elton has even admitted that his bold stage attire is a way to break free from a restricted childhood.
The King of Rock & Roll dressed relatively conservatively when he was young. However once he became famous, the King began to dress like a sequin-covered ninja. His high-collared rhinestone and sequined jumpsuits is a trademark of his legacy. They are based on traditional martial arts uniforms, as Elvis had spent the better part of his life practicing karate, which he learned in the army. His style sense is among the most unique in music history.
Michael Jackson‘s tragic story is the culmination of a lifetime in the spotlight. His outfits often consisted of rhinestone-encrusted blazers and slim straight leg pants with black loafers and white socks. During the early ’80s, he used to wear a single rhinestone-encrusted glove that became his trademark. Jackson was frequently seen in all kinds of weird dresses.
Madonna helped women of the ’80s take responsibility for their sexual freedom and became a fashion icon. Her signature look of fishnets, Capri leggings, tulle skirts, black clothing and bleached hair was developed by a jewellery designer to help her stand apart from other artists. It fit her as she is a natural. Even in grade school she used to flash her underwear at the boys, something she kept doing into stardom.
Stefani Germanotta or Lady Gaga is famous for her strange outfits, headdresses, shoes and makeup. She has been seen in a raw meat dress, bubble dress, and an outfit crafted from Kermit the Frog dolls. She has admitted to constantly “reinventing herself”, just like Madonna, someone Lady Gaga is often compared to.
Cher epitomized female independence when America was on the brink of change and provided a strong, drug-free role model for generations of young women. Bob Mackie has been styling Cher’s crazy getups since the seventies, many of which revolve around lots of exposed leg and midriff, tons of sequins and sparkle, and elaborate headdresses. Her bold costumes will always be a symbol of fashion iconography.