When hearing of a front man (or woman), fashion should be synonymous with this term. Fashion and music have gone hand in hand for years and the person at the front of the stage, with all eyes on them will set the tone not only vocally or with performance, but also by showing off their esthetical perception of what the act should be seen as. Take the Beatles for instance, the matching suits were indication of their polite sound at the time. Enter the infamous album, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the bands fashion completely changed to be edgier and more theatrical. Clothes matter- they create a sense of wonder and additional artistic value that sends out the idea that the audience is not just viewing a musical concert, but a full out visual performance. Here are some front ladies throughout the years who display exceptional tones and clothes alike.
Janis Joplin has always been a favourite of the 60’s with her eclectic attitude, vocal tone and the look to match. Feathers,bell sleeves, embroidery and velvet are all looks that the modern “boho chic” girl can thank Janis (one of the pioneers of this hippie-style look) for today! What is especially interesting in her onstage outfits, is her ability to create a care-free attitude while still showing off her creativity in attention to details.
Debbie Harry (Blondie)
A sensation in not only punk/new wave music of the 1970’s, but also in experimental fashion. Throughout her many years of performing, Blondie has managed to change her look with the times while still keeping key signature pieces in order to stay true to her image (this sparks my existential question asking exactly, WHO would Blondie be if she had brown hair?).She is the strangest and most wonderful mix of tough girl meets sophistication and maintains this standard today while she still rocks the stage.
Another staple to the punk scene of the 1970’s is Siouxsie Sioux of “Siouxsie and the Banshees”. The English singer stirred up quite a following for not only her shameless rebel behaviour but also for her looks that embody both punk and gothic backgrounds. Her bondage clothing and signature cat-eye makeup either left her audiences in fear or in envy.
Having made famous numerous looks throughout the years (including the mid-drift), Cher has inspired performers and fashion lovers alike to take risks and to be celebratory of the female body. Her outfits have been so iconic throughout the years that while many will wonder what a performer will play during their concert, a fan of Cher’s will be equally as curious when dreaming of what she will wear on stage. Just this year, Cher proved to all that she has not lost her fashion influence when she rocked it in a leather outfit at the Billboard Music Awards!
Diva, Tina Turner has always been a performer that designers such as Giorgio Armani, Versace and Bob Mackie have loved to dress. This is likely due to her ability to showcase confidence and radiating appreciation for the masterpieces in which she has worn on stage. From mini dresses, plunging necklines and lingerie- nothing is too high or too low for Tina Turner to rock during a performance!
A perfect blend between masculine patterns and items with feminine twists is how Gwen Stefani has made her look famous. Her constant plaid and Doc Martens have been a continuous way of giving a nod to her punk roots with her original band “No Doubt”, while her evolving makeup, hair, and flashy touches show off her desire to play with fashion and femininity!
Call me crazy, but given the choice between raiding any Knowles sister’s wardrobe, and Solange always wins. Her performance attire is always fashion forward and vibrant making her overall esthetic on stage truly something worth seeing. It’s as if the singer takes inspiration by whatever fabulous outfit she has on and allows it to fuel her powerful performances!
Of course the modern artist deserves recognition as one of the most fashionable performers of this age as well as of all time. This is because, Lady Gaga puts as much thought and effort into her wardrobe as she does with her carefully written out musical pieces, and amazing performances. To Gaga,no show will be played without careful attention to her outfit matching the theme that she is setting. Each outfit that the singer wears, carefully embodies the message of her songs of the time as well as the feelings that should be conveyed while watching her.