We’ve seen it all: Freddie Mercury’s bright yellow jacket; the lightning bolt etched across the face of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust; ACDC’s Angus Young prancing across the stage in full schoolboy getup. A musician and his outlandish sense of fashion is a relationship that has become all too important within the industry, and thanks to this we’ve encountered some absolute corkers. A new exhibition at Manchester’s Hard Rock Cafe features a range of such weird and wonderful iconic pieces that have helped sculpt the image of many a musician, using classic and modern outfits to help chart key moments of rock history. From that risqué gold corset that Jean Paul Gaultier made for Madonna to the more contemporary feathered jacket worn by The Killers front man Brandon Flowers, the collection allows fans to get up close and personal with the items of clothing that have helped transform singers into legends. Other pieces on show include a prison jacket worn by Elvis Presley in his film Jailhouse Rock, and the infamous red leather jacket Michael Jackson (pictured) donned for his Beat It video.

Sat 31 Aug – Sun 8 Sep, Hard Rock Cafe, Exchange Square, M4 2BS, FREE, www.hardrock.com

Sat 31 Aug - Sun 8 Sep
Jess Hardiman
Published on:
Mon 26 Aug 2013