Think Elvis, and you think sideburns and a spangly white jumpsuit. He owned several, but this is the White Pyramid Jumpsuit worn for a 1972 performance, caught on camera in the behind-the-scenes documentary Elvis on Tour. In the early 70s the King of Rock and Roll was at his most flamboyant. His costume designer, Bill Belew, chose white fabric with Swarovski stones to catch the most light – and an iconic look was born.
There is seemingly nothing Elton John won’t wear. For this incredible creation for his sell-out show at The Forum, California, in 1974 John enlisted legendary designer Bob Mackie, having admired the designer’s work for Cher. This began a decades-long collaboration between the pair, and ever-wilder costumes, with feathers, sequins and lashings of crystal becoming iconic symbols of Elton’s identity.
Eclectic and enigmatic, there was always room for sparkle when Queen were on stage. For 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, which traces the rise of the band, costume designer Julian used over 56,000 Swarovski crystals to add fiery brilliance to Rami Malek’s amazing Freddie Mercury looks. The majestic finishing touch was this elaborate crystallized crown. The band were also kitted out in glam garments, including a waistcoat embellished with a crystal spider web, crystal-covered t-shirts, velvet jackets and, unusually, a bare-chested wrap top.
Considered one of Elton John’s iconic stage outfits, the original glittering baseball kit was worn by Elton during his 1975 performances at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles – two electric concerts attended by over 100,000 fans. Costume designer Julian Day wanted to recreate the magic of the moment for the 2019 film Rocketman, so he reimagined the original Bob Mackie sequin costume in 140,000 Swarovski crystals. “The costume weighed a ton,” said Day. “When the lights hit it, the effect was literally dazzling.”