It’s been 25 years since we lost the king of Queen , revisiting the dazzling catsuits, hairy chests and gaudy earrings that made him a style icon even till now! Freddie Mercury has become synonymous with flamboyance. His work and legacy have gone on to influence maverick musicians from Lady Gaga to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and fellow icon David Bowie. During the early days of Queen, Mercury announced: “I’m not going to be a star, I’m going to be a legend”. And he was right with each word!
Alongside his powerful vocals, a relationship with his audience that Kurt Cobain felt envious enough of mention even in his suicide letter, and a mighty moustache, Mercury’s reputation as one of the original fashion subversives still stands today. His character and aesthetic is universally recognised and frequently copied, using fashion and design as a means for constant reinvention. Seamlessly springing from catsuits to military jackets, Freddie Mercury’s style was in a constant flux of reinvention.
Glam was defined across the eras by A Night At The Opera where Mercury donned a satin number for “Bohemian Rhapsody”, his monochrome catsuit in “We are the Champions”, and his iconic tank top and studded arm band for his Live Aid 1985 performance.