You know the looks, but do you know the story behind the looks?
Celebrities are known for the clothes they wear. They are seen wearing them by millions of people when the pap shots hit the Internet. Only once in a while, a celebrity will rock a look that is remembered for years and years for its outrageously short hem line or it’s intruding colours… But what is the story behind those iconic looks?
Next to the white jumpsuit from Can’t Get You Out of My Head, simply saying the words “hot pants” makes you think of Kylie Minogue and her tiny posterior Spinning Around.
In 2000 Kylie made a remarkable return to the top of the music charts with the hit Spinning Around, after performing to 4 billion people at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. The hot pants that she wore in the music video were originally purchased for 50 pence (approx. $1 AUD) at a flea market in the early nineties by Kylie’s best friend Kat. For a decade, they collected dust at the bottom of her wardrobe. The night before the video shoot Kylie and her stylist, William Baker, were stressing about what she would wear for the shoot a few hours away. He came across the wrinkled gold hot pants, Kylie threw them on and millions of record sales later, they’re a symbol of Kylie’s success and the rest of pop music.
Last week they were voted the most iconic fashion moment of all time. The hot pants beat Sarah Jessica Parker’s white tutu from the opening credits of Sex and the City and the double denim ensemble worn by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 MTV VMAs. Kylie was once offered £500,000 (approx. $980,000 AUD) for the hot pants but politely declined, donating them to the Arts Centre, Melbourne, where they are in storage along with the rest of her tour costumes and music video outfits.
When you see the below image, the first thing you think is Madonna, correct?
Madonna wore this cone-shaped brassiere on her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour. It was designed by Jean Paul Gaultier and is valued at over $40,000. Jean Paul Gaultier made his first cone-shaped brasserie as an experiment on his teddy bear out of newspaper, as a child. Funnily enough, that childhood experiment became the inspiration for the corset Madonna wore. Gaultier said that his designs corresponded to the desires of the time, and this particular look was to correlate with the reinvention of a woman’s undergarments at the time.
Anyone born before the new millennium will relate the term Ginger Spice to Gerri Halliwell, and then match it with her famous Union Jack micro dress that she wore for the Spice Girls performance at the 1997 Brit Awards.
Before the awards ceremony, Halliwell was presented with a black Gucci mini dress to wear for her performance with the Spice Girls but thought it was too boring. Geri then decided that she wanted to celebrate being British, so she had her sister sew a Union Jack tea towel on the front of the dress. During the dress rehearsal for the performance the organisers told Geri that the Union Jack on the dress was racist and asked her to change. She pulled the old “say we did, but don’t” trick and stepped on stage in front of the whole of UK and performed wearing the tea-towel mini. That dress became headlines for days following the Brit Awards and now, it’s probably more famous then Geri is. A year after the brits Geri auctioned off the dress for £41,320 (approx. $73,000 AUD) and it currently holds the world record for the most expensive piece of pop star clothing dealt at auction.
Lady Gaga is known for stunning audiences with her red carpet looks, but took it to the next level when she rocked up to the 2010 MTV Music Video Awards wearing a dress made of entirely raw meat.
Designed by Franc Fernandez and styled by Nicola Formichetti, the meat dress was worn by Lady Gaga to accept her Video of the Year trophy for Bad Romance. The dress was slammed by animal rights activists, especially when she wore the same ensemble on The Ellen DeGeneres Show post the ceremony, in front of Ellen, who is a strict vegan. Lady Gaga went on to say that her wearing the dress in front of Ellen was no worse than another celebrity wearing leather shoes on the show. She said that she wore the dress as a statement for human rights saying, “If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.” – Zachary Pittas
Top photo screenshot from the Spinning Around music video.