21st Century Pop Stars
The music/pop idol-based party has evolved in recent years, largely aided and abetted by the vast range of TV talent shows. We have also noticed an increased enthusiasm for distinctive costuming amongst the newer pop talents: Lady Gaga undoubtedly still leads the field on innovative outfits, and we are sure she still has a good many tricks up her highly fashioned sleeve.
When it comes to trying to recreate looks at ground zero here at planet Props & Frocks we have to look at practicality and potential popularity. Early Gaga is still popular, of course, and there are several suitable outfits and accessories on the market, but others such as Katy Perry and Jessie J have been attracting the attention of wannabes. The problem is nailing the definitive distinctive look as these girls are developing a disturbing habit of going through multiple costume changes in their videos and some of the more interesting looks are getting lost in ‘blink and you miss it’ moments!
Amy Winehouse – Prior to her untimely death in 2011, Amy established herself and her style, based on a large black beehive, winged eyeliner and numerous tattoos (sets of temporary replicas are available on the market).
Beyoncé Knowles – Originally with Destiny’s Child, she went solo and has created a number of memorable looks, notably the black catsuit-based ‘Single Girl (Put a Ring on It)’ look.
Bob the Builder – The charts are littered with children’s TV novelty acts becoming pop stars – the Wombles, Mr Blobby and here, Bob the Builder with his hits ‘Can we Fix it’ and the ‘Mambo Number 5’ cover.
Britney Spears – Britney suffered troubled times but made a comeback with Toxic featuring a sexy Gaga-style air-stewardess outfit and red and black PVC catsuits.
Cheryl Cole (born Cheryl Ann Tweedy, but now known as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini) – Cheryl Cole entered the world of TV stardom back in 2002 on Pop Stars: The Rivals (where she became a member of Girls Aloud). The red & black military style costume she wore for ‘Fight for this Love’ caused a sensation.
Christina Aguleira – Like Britney, she was a Disney TV Mouseketeer and built on that success with her debut –Genie in a Bottle (Wear a belly dancer costume). After that she went more raunchy with ‘Dirty’ (skimpy outfit featuring cowboy-style leg chaps) and a version of ‘Lady Marmalade’ (with others) for the Moulin Rouge film, the video featuring a painted and powdered bordello madam.
Girls Aloud – Now disbanded but making some interesting videos in theit time:‘Biology’ ballgowns and party frocks; ‘Sexy, No, No, No’ – Black PVC Catsuits
Gorillaz – Actually a video cartoon based creation of Damon Albarn (ex Blur) but take a literal translation of their name – wear Gorilla suits – we usually get involved with the Great Gorilla run in London and have a number of choices.
Jessie J – After initial impact and a trademark black bob hairstyle (sacrificed for charity), Jessie has lately not had the same impact on the pop scene (or at least has become more ‘niche’).
Katy Perry – American singer who, after initial impact with ‘I Kissed a Girl’ has gone on to create some very interesting looks: The blue wig and crème-cupcake look of ‘California Gurls’, the female hunter in ‘Roar’ and the variations on Cleopatra in ‘Dark Horse’.
Kylie Minogue – Iconic white dress from the 2001 hit ‘Can’t get you out of my head’. Less costume orientated in more recent videos.
Lady Gaga – A wide assortment of images – perhaps there’s too much choice! Outfits from ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Telephone’ have been widely marketed, the meat dress less so!
Madonna – After her success in the 1980s & 1990s Madonna was asked to provide the title track for the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’, in which she also had a cameo role as a fencing instructor.
One Direction – The costume choices might be a bit limited, but we do stock a range of the masks to help you look like your ‘hero’.
Paloma Faith – Wear a 1940s/1950s inspired outfit complete with bright red lipstick and a red headed wig. Paloma combines elements of Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry and is certainly one to watch in the future.
Pussycat Dolls – Originally started as a burlesque troupe in the 1990’s. The Pussycat Dolls had a string of hits in the noughties, including ‘Don’t Cha’, ‘Stickwitu’, ‘Buttons’ and a version of ‘Jai Ho’ (You are my destiny) from the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire. Short and skimpy styles were very much the look.
Robbie Williams – Style tends to change with the video and song: Kiss tribute in ‘Let Me Entertain You’, Bond channeling in ‘Millennium’.
Shakira – Probably best known for her Southern Latino hits such as ‘Hips Don’t Lie’.