The good people at Moxy Creative House have put together a series of artwork called ‘Ensemble: The Style of Music’. The series features iconic outfits from 20 male musicians (such as Michael Jackson’s classic ‘Thriller’ costume, pictured here). All images are designed by Glenn Michael of Moxy Creative House, and illustrated by James Alexander.
The artwork for Run DMC’s ensemble features gold chains, a track suit and shell-toes, a look currently sported by half of Hoxton.
Although KISS are probably best known for their makeup, their clothing has become rather iconic, too. Platform boots and black and silver futuristic attire are a must for any KISS costume.
“Johnny Cash was a stylish man, keeping it simple, and tailored to perfection”, the artists say of the country legend. “He didn’t need ripped jeans, or beat up leather jackets to communicate his rebel style. Instead, he highlighted his presence with a simplicity and refinement that could only come from a man who knew who he was.”
Want to dress like Kurt? Ripped jeans, Chuck Taylors and oversized cardigans are essential. “Ironically, the last thing Cobain had on his mind was becoming a trendsetter, since the grunge movement really began as retaliation against the main stream in support of uniqueness and defying convention,” the accompanying text declares.
“Dress like you’re coming from somewhere, and you’ve got some place to go” – wise words from the flashy, colourful wardrobe-wearing Kanye West.
Hendrix was another unique and snappy dresser, favouring leather jackets, fringe details, popped collars, ruffled shirts, chunky jewelery, and his unforgettable collection of military inspired jackets.
How would you describe Bob Dylan’s style? Moxy Creative House went with “skinny blazers, stovepipe jeans, striped shirts, fitted pea coats, striped scarves, and mod boots to mimic that Dylan cool”.
No, it’s not Badly Drawn Boy’s weekend get-up. This is the style of one Marvin Gaye, and it actually looked pretty cool on him.
Pete Doherty’s clothes always start out life like this, if they don’t end their career the same way. Jeans to be worn ripped with the flies down, please.
“Baker would help pioneer the t-shirt as a viable option in an everyday ensemble,” the artists insit. “More casual and relaxed than a button-up, his perfectly coiffed hair and pretty boy image would go a long way to pull off the look with style.”
The Doors man Jim Morrison might be most famously photographed sans shirt, but the Lizard King could be sartorial fully-clothed also.
Personaly, we would’ve gone with feathers, gold and guyliner, but this works too. Either way, Brandon Flowers is one stylish Killer.
No one else could ever pull off a crushed velvet purple suit like Prince does.
Out of all the classic Elvis looks, there’s no denying that he sparkled the most in a gold and white suit.
Leather jacket and a tee shirt (and maybe some skinny jeans) – that’s about all you need to dress like a Ramone. “The looks were All-American but dirty, roughed up by the street, ready to rock,” reads the image. “Their music was as simple as their style, but the Ramones knew all they needed was the right attitude to pull it off.”
Divorced from their models, this selection of clothes looks a bit dull and corporate at first glance. Throw it all on the mop-topped Fab Four and put them on a stage and you have one of the most stylish bands that ever lived.
Pharell Williams is often relaxing in “a hoody, graphic T, and jeans, with a unique flash only Pharrell could bring, never falling into the mold of the prototypical rap star uniform.”
A pink button-down shirt, a green bowtie and a hat? Sounds ridiculous, but Andre 3000 makes it stylish every time.
All of these images are available to purchase as prints by visiting moxycreative.com/ensemble.