Style Notes

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am


Elton John

Coming up through the glam-rock ranks at the same time as Bowie, Elton John's over-the-top dress sense were essential in creating his concert persona, one where Mardi Gras-inspired feathered ensembles and oversized sunglasses added just as much as the music. John all but created the theatrical music show - just look at the exaggerated efforts of Madonna and Lady Gaga for true devotees.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's latter day sins might be numerous, but none of them matter when compared to his saint-like style achievements. The red leather jacket, black loafers and single rhinestone glove are timeless, and still imitated to this very day. But Jackson was also an innovator, blurring lines with his skintight blouses, military-padded jackets and crotch-enhancing gold pants - not to mention those so-out-of-style-they're-back-in fedoras.

Andr? 3000

Bringing dandyism back into the collective conscience, Andr? 3000 is as loud and daring in his fashion sense, as he is on-stage with hip-hop duo Outkast. The multitude of hats are renowned by this point, whether it's as upscale as a derby or dressed down as a newsboy, and his loud patterned shirts and against-the-grain bowties only prove that rap doesn't have to be baggy and dishevelled.

Elvis Presley

Now parodied at any possible opportunity, many forget that Elvis Presley was a rockabilly innovator in terms of both the music and the look. His early suits, pegged pants and high collars popularised a sharp sense of '50s style, while his later forays into army-inspired clothing, leather jumpsuits and country-western motifs offered numerous slices of Americana fashion that are still being imitated to this day.