It’s 1975—we’re in the middle of the era of rule-breaking rebellion. Glittery and glamorous, the ‘70s was the decade of extravagant dress and subversive fashion trends. Ten years before Prince rose to stardom, strutting his stuff in sexy high-heels, in the mid-‘70s Western men slipped into platform shoes or boots. Sir Elton John, English singer, pianist and composer, was no exception.
But he wasn’t the only one. David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and even AC/DC got involved. It seems the ‘70s was the decade of androgynous dressing and self-expressive experimentation. This much is evidenced by Bowie’s immortal words in ‘Rebel rebel’: ‘She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl.’ As the song title suggests, this was a time where to rebel was the name of the fashion game. If you wanted to make a statement in the ‘70s, it paid to be whacky.
Artists like Elton John were aware of this. So, they adapted their style regimes accordingly. If they wanted to make an impact in the world of pop, they had to fall into line with the weird and wonderful fads of the time.