THE 10 BEST DESIGNER AND MUSICIAN COLLABORATIONS
Fashion and music have always been big fans of each other, and when they come together for special, custom-made collaborations, the results can be spectacular. We round up ten favourites.
JEAN PAUL GAULTIER AND MADONNA
You can’t talk about designers dressing musicians without thinking of Gaultier’s super-iconic cone-shaped corset for Madonna. The cheeky undergarment instantly went into the fashion history books when the queen of pop wore it during her 1990 Blond Ambition tour.
SAINT LAURENT AND DAFT PUNK
Designer Hedi Slimane has always loved well-dressed rock stars, and so getting the Daft Punk “robots” to soundtrack his S/S 2013 shows, as well as wear head-to-toe Saint Laurent (minus robot helmets, natch), was a smart move for the French house.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AND BJÖRK
Björk enlisted the British designer to design a cover for her 1997 album Homogenic, as well as directing a music video. This started a beautiful relationship, with McQueen designing more dresses for her, including this red ostrich-feathered number for her Vespertine tour.
KANSAI YAMAMOTO AND DAVID BOWIE
The Ziggy Stardust tour featured some striking kimonos, but Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto had no idea who Bowie was until he saw the singer wearing his wares on stage in New York. The pair became friends, with Yamamoto designing many more outfits for the gender-transcending Bowie in the 1970s.
TOM FORD AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
JT is an envy-inducing man at the best of times – that voice, those moves! But when word broke that Tom Ford was designing a 600-piece wardrobe for his 20/20 Experience tour, the rest of us turned even greener with jealousy.
DSQUARED2 AND BEYONCÉ
She loves sequins, sparkles and a lot of body-con, so who better to design a tour wardrobe for Beyoncé than the DSquared2 boys? A black and white trouserless suit with gold embellishment opened the Mrs Carter show in spectacular style.
EMILIO PUCCI AND RITA ORA
For her first-ever tour, Rita Ora hooked up with Peter Dundas of Pucci to create a series of looks that channel her signature street glamour with a lot of superstar razzle-dazzle fit for a burgeoning pop star.
GIORGI ARMANI AND LADY GAGA
Armani might not be the most obvious choice for pop’s out-there queen, Lady Gaga, but in 2012, the usually-restrained Italian house broke form to create some dramatic looks involving PVC, mirrors, Swarovksi crystals and plenty of studs for the diva’s Born This Way Ball tour.
GIVENCHY AND RIHANNA
Rihanna is a lucky girl – it’s not every day that Riccardo Tisci offers to make a custom-made wardrobe for you. But for her Diamonds tour in 2013, the Givenchy designer whipped up some amazing pieces – what he called “symbols of female empowerment” – for her to wear.
SEDITIONARIES AND SEX PISTOLS
Punk in the 1970s was about fashion as much as music, as the Sex Pistols knew when they started wearing clothes from Seditionaries, the London label and shop started by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood on the super-hip King’s Road in Chelsea – including this plaid jacket on Johnny Lydon.