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An amazing stage look can become synonymous with a certain stage of an artist's career, or an image they want to portray. From Madonna's iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier cone brassiere, to Geri Halliwell's Union Jack dress epitomising 90s Cool Britannia, take a look at some of the most defining clothes in pop music's past and discover the story behind them.
One of the most famous hard rock bands of the 70s; Kiss were as infamous for their face paint and stage outfits, as they were for their over-the-top live performances. The black and white makeup symbolised each of the band member's person's. Paul Stanley was nicknamed the 'Starchild' due to his romantic tendencies, whilst Gene Simmons was the 'demon' in accordance with his cynical sense of humour.
Did you know the Gucci mini-dress, worn by Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell whilst performing at the 1997 BRIT Awards, was originally a simple black dress? The 'Wannabe' singer reportedly wanted to celebrate Cool Britainnia and asked her sister Karen Halliwell to customise the dress herself. Big sis decided to sew a Union Jack tea towel onto the front of the dress and hey presto, one of the most memorable pieces of pop clothing ever was born!
In August 1966, whilst the Beatles were on a three-month recording hiatus Paul McCartney was struck by the idea that he wanted to write a songs focusing on the imagery of an Edwardian military band. In 1967, the band decided to take on their new alter ego; the Sgt. Pepper band and release the now iconic album 'Sgt. Pepper. Picture: WENN
Britney's second album was released in 2000. The lead single 'Oops!… I did it again', from the album of the same name, sees the singer don a skin-tight red rubber suit in the futuristic style video set on Mars. The provocative, unforgiving outfit reiterated the themes of the song which focus on a cold-hearted female who sees love as a game.
Madonna's 1990 infamous 'Blond Ambition World Tour' was named the Greatest Concert of the 1990s by 'Rolling Stone Magazine'. The tour promoted the singer's fourth album and also made the infamous cone brassiere by Jean-Paul Gaultier iconic. As well as wearing the cone whilst performing on the tour, the item also featured in several of the 56-year-old's music videos, including 'Express Yourself'.
Disco arguably has no more iconic look that the Swedish band's famous flared suits. The 70s were dominated by these wide-bottomed trousers, with popstars and regular joe's alike embracing the new, more relaxed trend. In April 1974, ABBA were crowned winners of the Eurovision song contest, with both Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus sporting the look.
In the early 1970s Bowie created the persona Ziggy Stardust. Ziggy went on to become one of the most famous alter-egos in pop history, capturing the imagination of the British people before heading to America. Bowie's character wore outrageous costumes, including his famous eye patch and neckerchief. Picture: Getty
Dance-pop queen Kylie released her song 'Spinning Around' as the lead single from her seventh album 'Light Years' in 2000. The upbeat track sees Kylie dancing on a bar counter in a pair of tiny gold lamé hotpants which have since gone down in pop culture fashion history. Picture: YouTube
A good pop show requires a fabulous stage outfit and country singers are no strangers to this fact. From Elvis Presley to Liberace to dear old Dolly, the diamond-esq rock is typically used to spruce up stage outfits and give them a glamorous makeover. Afterall, as Dolly famously said "It takes money to look this cheap." Picture: Getty
Released in 1983, Jacko's 'Thriller' video went on to become one of the most iconic of all times. Featuring killer dance moves, big hair and a certain red and black leather jacket which quickly became one of the hottest trends of the 80s. In 2011 the piece of outwear sold at auction for around one million pounds.
Garage music dominated the British clubbing scene in the early 00s. So Solid Crew were a large group of grime artists who crossed over into the mainstream music market. The group were easily recognisable as they championed the popular trend of mixing sportswear with smarter and more stylish club wear such as tuxedos.
Cheryl Cole as she was still referred to in 2009, released her first solo album entitled '3 Words' and spawned a whole legion of followers who nickname themselves her "Soldiers". In the video for her single 'Fight for This Love' Cheryl wears military style clothing, which emphasises the song's themes of power and female strength.
There were some seriously dodgy fashion decisions made in the 90s… but camouflage trousers as sported here by *NSYNC's Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, have to be among the worst offenders! As teen idols, the pop princes had a huge impact on fashion popular with a young adult audience. Someone really should have told them at the time what a terrible look this is... Seriously guys, just because they're different colours, it doesn't make them okay!
Katy Perry loves to make a statement with her stage outfit choices and has worn her fair share of outrageous clothes. The all-American girl has been spotted dressed as Lady Liberty and wearing mini-shorts patterned like an American flag, but our favourite patriotic look is this movie theatre style dress, complete with popcorn, and film reels. Time to sit back and enjoy the show!
Beyoncé blew the world away when she headlined at Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in 2012. The 'Halo' singer is no stranger to a snazzy stage outfit, but her gold sequinned jacket and black hot pants made sure all eyes were on her as she rocked the stage at the famous festival. The clothes will forever be known as one of her most fabulous looks.