Musicians and designers have lengthy been creatively linked, offering a muse for one another by way of album covers and lookbooks, runway reveals and photoshoots. Among the most vital moments in vogue have been captured by way of the lens of administrators similar to David LaChapelle, David Fincher, Melina Matsoukas and Hype Williams.
In the course of the ’80s and ’90s specifically, the music video is the place we realized tips on how to costume, from Madonna in Jean Paul Gaultier to Courtney Love’s attractive grunge and rappers similar to Tupac Shakur empowering Black-owned manufacturers together with Cross Colors, FUBU and Karl Kani.
Listed here are 10 of probably the most fashionably iconic music movies of all time.
Rihanna – Bitch Higher Have My Cash (2015)
Directed by Rihanna and Megaforce, this expansive seven-minute NSFW opus devoted to race, class, capitalism and actually, actually nice garments – Maison Margiela loafers, Tom Ford denim, Dior sun shades, Lex Clothes Latex – nonetheless hits arduous at the moment. Impressed by monetary wranglings in Rihanna’s personal life, the video co-stars actors Mads Mikkelsen (who seems within the 2021 Oscar winner One other Spherical) and Eric Roberts, and fashions/influencers Rachel Roberts, Sita Abellán and Sanam.
Beyoncé – Formation (2016)
Actually, this whole listing could possibly be stuffed solely with RiRi and Bey movies, but when pressured to choose one piece of perfection from the canon of Queen Bee, then it must be this moment. Enlisting the award-winning director Melina Matsoukas (2019’s Queen & Slim) and shot in New Orleans, this visible was an vital piece from Beyoncé, who till this level had but to place forth a completely shaped political standpoint. Dissecting police brutality, the continuing ramifications of Hurricane Katrina, racism, Creole tradition, colourism and superstar, Beyoncé bathed the video in full-look, new-season Gucci alongside Chanel, Alessandra Wealthy and Wolford hosiery.
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Personal (2007)
An inherently gifted fashionista, Winehouse labored with David LaChapelle on this memorable video from her 2006 five-time Grammy-winning album Again To Black. Shot on Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard, round Echo Park and within the Grand Motel, we see the signatures of Winehouse’s sartorial setpieces that nodded to everybody from singer Ronnie Spector to actor Brigitte Bardot: the backcombed beehive, ballet pumps, thick black eyeliner, a vest paired with teeny-tiny shorts and a classic gingham costume that later offered for £47,475 at an public sale for the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Although her type was denigrated by many within the British music press on the time, Winehouse’s affect was totally simple.
George Michael – Freedom! ‘90 (1990)
It doesn’t get extra vogue than this six-and-a-half-minute piece that includes what was then (and arguably nonetheless now) the world’s most tremendous of supermodels: Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford and Tatjana Patitz. Impressed by Peter Lindbergh’s January 1990 British Vogue cover, directed by David Fincher (1999’s Struggle Membership) and shot in a low-key a part of south London, the fantastically trendy neo-noir video featured future vogue icons together with hairstylist Guido Palau, make-up artist Carol Brown, stylist and Vogue contributing editor Camilla Nickerson and photographer Mario Sorrenti.
Girl Gaga – Dangerous Romance (2009)
This fantastically enjoyable, futuristic brief, directed by Francis Lawrence of The Starvation Video games franchise, now serves as a meaningful dedication to the genius who was Alexander McQueen. McQueen despatched his pop-star pal quite a few items for the video from his sensible Plato’s Atlantis collection (together with the notorious Armadillo sneakers) and in return, Gaga inadvertently crashed ShowStudio when she introduced McQueen’s runway spring/summer time 2010 present — the final earlier than his premature dying — was being live-streamed (the first-ever vogue present to take action). A part of the ‘One Billion Membership’ (movies which have reached greater than 1bn views since their preliminary add), you possibly can watch Gaga dissecting Dangerous Romance here.
Harry Kinds – Watermelon Sugar (2020)
Soaked within the ’70s, Kinds and stylist Harry Lambert referred to as within the runway’s most interesting choices to create a sea of cosy crochet crop tops, outsized sun shades and boho skinny scarves. Shot pre-Covid-19 lockdowns on location in Malibu, the video additionally options fabulously gratuitous slo-mo shots of Kinds snacking on watermelon surrounded by individuals not sporting many garments. The track went on to win a Grammy Award in 2021 – the full-look Gucci autumn/winter 2020 shot ought to have received an award, too.
Gap – Violet (1994)
The epitome of ’90s vogue, this video is filled with traditional Courtney Love seems: classic ballet clothes, a black babydoll, see-through sheer and smeared lipstick accessorised with a sage-green Fender and hairclips haphazardly thrown via unkempt hair. Directed by photographer Mark Seliger and Rolling Stone artwork director Fred Woodward, Love cited acid flashbacks as inspiration for the video’s aesthetic. The featured strippers had been real-life workers of Los Angeles’s legendary Jumbo’s Clown Room, the place Love herself labored within the ’80s.
Madonna – Like A Virgin (1984)
If you happen to had been a baby of the ’80s and also you weren’t sporting 4,000 crucifixes, a ‘Boy Toy’ belt and a complete lot of web and lace, who even had been you? From the bra exhibiting below the neon-green T-shirt to the selfmade black crop prime, these brilliant purple lips and a full wedding ceremony costume, we watched in shock and awe as Madge writhed through Venice trying like nothing we’d ever seen earlier than – and it was electrifying. One of popular culture’s most influential and enduring artists, Madonna has been a fashion icon from day one.
Missy Elliott – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) (1997)
Miss E’s type has been on level since her earliest foray into music movies by way of her first group, the closely coordinated and extremely cool Sista. Since then, she’s worn leather-based fits (the 2002 Grammy Awards), a legion of giant earrings (every video ever), custom tracksuits (Adidas solely, thanks) and this embellished puffa for Marc Jacobs autumn/winter 2016, shot by David Sims. It truly is a case of icons solely. For this Hype Williams-directed fisheye lens video, that includes appearances from Timbaland, Lil’ Kim, Da Brat and Sean Combs, Elliott managed to make a patent leather-based swimsuit look good. If solely we might all be extra Missy.
Tupac Shakur – Hold Ya Head Up (1993)
One among hip-hop’s best-dressed rhymers, Tupac Shakur epitomised ’90s style together with his backwards bandanas, bucket hats, low-slung boxers, saggy overalls, Timberland boots and Carhartt denim. For this track about empowering Black women, Shakur selected a traditional striped Karl Kani T-shirt, a nose-piercing, saggy inexperienced sweatpants and a backwards cap, tilted simply so. Be careful for cameos from his mom, Afeni, and finest pal Jada Pinkett Smith.