5 Iconic Music Videos in the World of Fashion

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Music videos truly are a pinnacle in the art industry – combining music, visual effects, acting, visual art, and dance, they embody a musician’s creative vision like no other medium. One of the most defining elements of any music video is the fashion that is chosen, and how the style it creates is able to transform the viewer into an alternate setting. Here are 5 of the most iconic music videos in the world of fashion (in no particular order):

1. David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” from 1973

Recognized as being one of the pioneers of glam rock, David Bowie was known in the 1970s for his exaggerated makeup and flamboyant clothing. Perhaps his most memorable look is the powder blue suit, bright blue eye makeup, and electric red mullet that was donned in his “Life on Mars?” music video.

2. Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” from 1981

Olivia Newton-John, albeit one of the best-selling music artists of all time, is not particularly known for an unconventional or iconic sense of fashion. This all changed after the release of the “Physical” music video in the 1980s, when Olivia went all-out in leg warmers and Spandex. This fitness look would only continue to grow not only in popular culture, but in the fashion industry with athletic wear giants like Lululemon.

3. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in 1983

This 13-minute film is known as the most iconic music video ever made regardless of its fashion component. But it is important to note how the success of this production affected the market for the red leather jacket that Michael wore – it became the hottest outerwear trend in the 1980s, and the original jacket sold for $1.8 million at an auction in 2011.

4. Madonna’s “Express Yourself” in 1989

The Queen of Pop has had her fair share of music videos and performances that will stand the test of time. One of the articles of clothing that is almost inseparable when one thinks of Madonna is the cone bra that she has worn on multiple occasions. The bra sold for $52,000 in 2012.

5. Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” from 2008

The choreography and lyrical content of “Single Ladies” manages to bring everyone on the dance floor every time it’s played, with the themes of self-empowerment and confidence blaring throughout the song. These feelings are only amplified when one thinks of the black bodysuits in which Beyoncé and her dancers strut their stuff.


There are so many music videos that have married music and fashion to create an outstanding visual experience. So many, in fact, that we want to hear what your favourites are!


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