August 13, 2022

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Elton John’s most iconic outfits

With lots of sequins, feathers and dazzling colours, the singer’s trend has never been reduced-key states PRUDENCE WADE

Sir Elton John has been honoured for his glittering tunes career and comprehensive charity operate. The 74-12 months-previous was built a member of the Purchase of the Companions of Honour by the Prince of Wales all through a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony, carrying an uncharacteristically easy black fit.

“I’ve had an remarkable everyday living, new music has been my everyday living, and I received this for tunes and for do the job for charity. I could not appear as if I’m 100 for every cent suit – but I’m not very – but I’m nevertheless raring to go and I have bought a large amount extra operate to do as considerably as my life goes,” the musician mentioned.

“So this is just a reminder that there’s extra to do. Additional function to do for tunes, far more perform to do for charity and lifestyle is wonderful – I’m so fortunate.”

Sir Elton has launched a hit solitary in every 10 years because the 1970s and has cemented his status as a bona fide design icon along the way.

He’s carved out a niche as the king of feathers, sequins and OTT stage outfits – recreated in fantastic element in the 2019 biopic of his daily life, Rocketman.

These are some of the star’s most iconic outfits from around the decades…

 

At the Dodgers stadium…

For a 1975 concert at the Los Angeles Dodger stadium in California, Sir Elton executed in an entirely bedazzled Dodgers uniform. This was one particular of his quite a few collaborations with designer Bob Mackie.

In 2018, he explained to V Magazine: “Bob has explained that his method to dressing me for stage was to “treat me like a male showgirl” – and that’s specifically what we did! With each other, we experienced so lots of tips. He could not make the clothes speedy plenty of. Bob designed some incredible outfits for me—feathers, sequins, glitter—totally outrageous 1-offs. I glance at them now and they make me howl with laughter. We experienced so much entertaining!”

 

In the movie Tommy…

Sir Elton performed the Pinball Wizard the 1975 film Tommy, primarily based on The Who’s rock opera album. He was dressed in a usual on-phase outfit – loads of shiny colours, sequins and a weird hat – with the unconventional addition of Doc Martens built into stilts, so he towered more than all people else.

 

In a armed forces-encouraged costume…

In the early Eighties Sir Elton done in different navy-encouraged seems to be amped up past perception, with big epaulettes, a great deal of badges and a hat balancing on his head.

The star was almost never observed with no a pair of supersized statement eyeglasses, often coloured and sequinned.

He instructed V Magazine: “I’m proud of the element I played in transferring eyewear from perform to trend. My eyes needed the features, but ‘blowing up’ what could be done with frames and lenses gave me an fascinating new way of expressing myself.”

 

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PA File Image of Elton John leaving his London residence in fancy gown on the way to his belated 50th birthday occasion in 1997. Neil Munns/PA Photos.

At his 50th birthday party…

Sir Elton has become regarded for his extravagant themed birthday functions, and his 50th in 1997 was no exception. He dressed in a white, feathered and sequinned Louis XIV outfit, total with a voluminous curly wig and a miniature silver Spanish warship on top. His costume was so huge that he couldn’t get a ordinary auto to the location – and had to arrive in the back again of a van.

 

In Versace…

The musician fashioned a shut romance with Gianni Versace in the 1990s, usually carrying the designer’s clothes. He threw a occasion for the Elton John Aids Basis at Versace’s Aged Bond Street store in 1997, donning an eye-catching pale blue silk fit, accessorised with a cross necklace and typically Nineties-type little sun shades.

 

In glittering Gucci…

When these days we see Sir Elton in considerably much less feathers than we did in the Seventies, he usually stays correct to his signature design. He consistently wears a pair of his popular eyeglasses and a very embellished jacket – as observed at the 2019 Vainness Good Oscar Occasion. In current a long time, Sir Elton has become shut with the Italian fashion home Gucci. Artistic director Alessandro Michele has created the singer’s outfits for his Farewell Yellow Brick Highway tour – established to resume in 2022 – and you can anticipate a good deal of logoed, bejewelled jackets.