What makes an outfit "iconic"? Surely there's a philosophical debate to be had on that subject, but we think it all boils down to one basic concept: what we remember. Every so often, a performer takes the stage and blows an audience to pieces — not just with their musical prowess, but with an outfit that will henceforth be burned into our collective consciousness.
We're talking about career-making ensembles, the ones that sear a musician's image into our memory for years to come. These looks cover as broad a spectrum as music itself: the flashy to the subdued, the sparkly to the vampy, the sculptural to the very, very fitted. For some celebrities, the standout look might err on the side of infamy — let's not forget Twerkgate 2013. But, for every childhood-ruining teddy bear bodice, there's one dotted by fist-sized candy buttons; each reptilian accessory is matched (raised, even) by a gravity-defying bubble sculpture. And, in these cases, you can't separate the look from the artist.