Admittedly, I’m not the best example of a dramatic dresser. I tend to wear things on stage that are just a notch above what you’d see me wearing at home, which — I assure you — is not much of a starting point.
So when it’s time to get ready for a show, I’ll usually grab a comfy coat, maybe a fancy hat, and once or twice a year I’ll let someone apply a little guy-liner (oh, the dazzle and mystique). No Lady Gaga-style meat-suits or swan costumes ala Bjork in my musical world.
But I’ve always admired artists who had the forethought and confidence to put together a striking wardrobe just for the stage. Sequined cowboy jackets. Matching HAZMAT suits. Retro-glam onesie. Camo and boots. The swan and meat costumes mentioned above.
Does WHAT an artist wears on stage change HOW we hear their music?
What do you think? Do fashion concerns enhance or distract from the music? Do costumes or elaborate get-ups make performers seem larger than life, or just pretentious and silly?
How should bands think about fashion and attire when it comes to their stage presentation?
Do you ascribe to the casual approach (say, flannel for the 90′s rockers), or do you go all-out (KISS makeup, clown outfits, or vintage vaudeville vestments with matching parasol)?
If you “dress down,” do you run the risk of being ignored?
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