VIEWER WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS TONS OF AMAZING PHOTOS. VIEW WITH CAUTION IF GLamour MAKES YOU DIZZY!!!
Elton John, who may have started it all
With a new album slated for release in early September, my life will now focus on live performance so I can spread the word and build up my fan base.
You may think I'll spend most of my time working with my band and practicing moves with my choreographer, but that would be forgetting how much time I'm going to devote to working with one of the most important players in any
live-performers pen: the costume designer.
If you're in the right outfit, what you wear should say it all. At a glance, your audience should know what kind of show they're in for, be it grunge rock, Vegas glitz or a million things in between.
Shirley Bassey = Pure, Old School Glamour
The Rolling Stones = Rock and Roll!!!
KISS = Glam Rock
Curt Cobain keeping it "real"
Finding a designer, or stylist, who "gets" you, is, indeed, an important pursuit if you care about making a statement on stage. Luckily, history has provided us with many wonderful examples.
Where would we be, culturally speaking, if David Bowie
hadn't found Freddie Burretti?
Where would Liza
be without Halston
Where would Madonna
be without Gaultier
I honestly shudder to imagine life had Mitzi Gaynor
not found Bob Mackie
Mitzi in Mackie
Mackie designs for Cher
Cher in Mackie
I'm not going to lie. I'm supremely jealous that Shakira
has great Roberto Cavalli
designing her on-stage wardrobe for World Cup. Turn on the TV! Maybe you'll catch her in one of these babies!
Shakira outfits for World Cup by Cavalli
And there's good old Beyonce
, ditching her mother's designs to rock it in Versace
I'm a huge Gaga fan, but there are some people who think she HAS such a big career BECAUSE of her costume choices. Gaga
is one of the few people I can think of who wears costumes on and off stage. She takes her persona VERY seriously and it's gotten her far.
At this point, Gaga's stylist and costume designer, Nicola Fornichetti
, is almost as famous as she
Gaga wearing and WITH Nicolo Fornichetti
I have to hand it her: the fact that Lady Gaga can MOVE and SING in those creations is praise-worthy. I'm sure you've noticed that all the other outfits on this page feature designs that make for easy movement (if you discount how hard it is to do anything in 5 inch heals let alone command a stage and dance!).
I've surely got my work cut out for me! But I'm not starting from scratch. I have an amazing stylist, Lisa von Weise Shaw.
Lisa and me at a Christmas party together
Here's one of my favorite "Lisa" creations for me:
Live at Le Poisson Rouge
So? What do you think? What should I wear on stage? A gown? A sequined bathing suit? Pants? Who has worn YOUR favorite costumes?
I always love to hear from you. Don't be shy!
Tags: Bob Mackie, Cher, concert costumes, Gaga, Halston, Liza Minelli, Mitzi Gaynor, performers and designers, Versace, what rockers should wear on stage