The entertainment industry has lost a legend in Tina Turner, who passed at the age of eighty three. In addition to her brilliant contributions to Rock & Roll, Tina also had an immeasurable influence on fashion. Known for her energetic, staccato dance moves, the songstress often showcased her legs in ultra-mini skirts and animated dresses, decorated with a fringe and sparkles that dazzled her audiences.
After etching her name on the Rock & Roll hall of fame in the early 1960s, Tina Turner developed her signature look: a high hemline on a dress covered with dangling beads or flashy sequins. Turner’s way of revealing her body showed her superhuman sense of her own might. She wore a number of dresses by the sensual avant-gardist Azzedine Alaïa, a Paris-based designer who knew that a tight dress wasn’t some sleazy giveaway but a careful art of sculpting fabric around a body to enshrine masterly garments.
To pay tribute to Tina Turner’s contribution to entertainment history, we have compiled a list of some of her most iconic fashion moments.
Lady in Red
The red cowl-neck dress that Tina Turner wore when she stunned at the 1985 Grammys with the statuette-winning “What’s Love Got to Do With It” was one for the books. The legendary musician’s hair teased big, as if every part of her had finally been set free, remains an indelible moment of fashion and music history, because the ferocity of her clothing supplemented the triumph of her achievements.
Tina Turner was one of the originators of the “barely there” before Hollywood made it trendy. The songbird wore a barely-there red dress with glittery flame detail for a live performance in 1979.
A lover of the finer things in life, Tina Turner adorned a golden column gown with a dazzling pair of matching heels for a performance in Dallas.
During an iconic performance at The Hollywood Palace in 1968,Tina Turner wowed the crowd in a golden mini-dress with black cuff detailing. The songstress also wore her hair in a fringe which was one of her signature hairstyles.
A Shinning Star
Tina stunned in a white bedazzling two-piece set with matching Mary-Janes for a televised performance in 1971.
Bold & Beautiful
Bold in her fashion sense, Tina Turner dared to rock a split dress and chunky platforms for a 1975 concert.
Casual Chic Connoisseur
Tina Turner was a fashion icon even when she was not wearing a shimmery animated dress. In the image above, the legendary musician gives us a casual chic look through a white poplin shirt, cape blazer and medium wash jeans. Exuding elegance and class, the late singer wore pearls and a red lip to complement the look.