We remember when rock was young: 66 years ago today, Reginald Kenneth Dwight sashayed out of his mother’s womb in a cloud of glitter, feathers and sequins.
Though he’s deemed himself too old to dress “as flamboyantly as I used to,” we’re glad to take that yellow-brick road down memory lane and revisit Elton John‘s greatest fashion “hits” in honor of his birthday.
Sir Elton took this rather subtle pantsuit and embellished it with a statement shoulder — the statement being “Saturday night’s all right for gagging.”
Sir Elton’s style could often be described as “eccentric,” but this Donald Duck costume was the work of a quack. Note the absence of his signature glasses, meaning he probably got dressed blind. At least, let’s hope that was the reasoning.
With all these feathers, Sir Elton looks like he’s about to fly away…and here we thought the peacock was a flightless bird.
Sir Elton’s mum must have been so proud when her little boy took first place at the science fair for his human molecule costume.
Here he is giving Julie Newmar/Eartha Kitt/Michelle Pfeiffer/Anne Hathaway a run for their money as Honky Catwoman.
Sir Elton decided to pair this patriotic mohawk with one of Bea Arthur’s Golden Girls evening gowns for a mash-up of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Miami, You’ve Got Style” — America’s quintessential tunes.
Who says you can’t wear a quilted lamé sofa cover as a jacket? It’s really an everyday look.
He’s no tiny dancer. Little known fact: these are the actual size of Sir Elton’s feet, making him quite popular with the gentlemen — and a few ladies.
Sir Elton’s battles with drugs and booze have been well-publicized so you can bet he was more than a little buzzed in this bee costume.
For his 50th birthday, Sir Elton made an entrance fit for a queen, er, king, serving Louis XIV eleganza complete with a 15-foot feather train and a 3-foot powdered wig. It’s unlikely he’ll repeat this outfit for his 66th, since he now only wears it on laundry day.