10 Legendary Stage Outfits That Once Caused A Hurricane Of Drama

Outfits are a very important part of a performance, especially when you are a global star. Celebrities make sure to put on their most dazzling attires when they come out on the stage, but some of them might take the costume game a little too far back then. These legendary stage outfits caused quite a drama in the past, and some of them, are still pretty impressive nowadays.
Some of these legendary stage outfits have shaped the singer’s signature look, and some of them we will never see again. So let’s find out how shocking they can be, what controversy have they caused, and which one is the most iconic of them all!

1. Madonna

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Back then when people are still very conservative, Madonna was one of the first devas who dared to break the censorship code and wore what she wanted. She chose the provocative cone-shaped bra as her stage outfit during her 1990 tour Blonde Ambition.
The costume was designed by none other than the famous Jean-Paul Gaultier. Madonna asked him personally for the outfit, so he decided to include a special corset as an extra gift. instead of narrowing her waist, the corset was loose and it was a shocking sight to see. The cone-shaped bra has become an inspiration for younger stars, such as Lady Gaga with her flamethrower bra and Katy Perry with her whipped cream top.

2. Britney Spears

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The red latex suit is one of the most legendary stage outfits that Britney Spears ever wore. Unless you were living under a rock, you have to recognize this costume from the “Oops!.. I Did It Again” music video. It was created overnight and the costume designer was worried Britney would lose consciousness after moving so much in it.
People on the set of the music video claimed that when filming ended, there was a bucket of sweat spilled on the floor. Finally, Spears got to unzip the costume after a long hard day. It was very challenging, but she got an epic video that was going to live on for generations.

3. Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga had so many controversial stage outfits in her earlier days. Her rifle bra in Alejandro’s music video stirred up a storm due to bad timing. The singer wore the outfit during a concert right after the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
And let’s not forget the legendary meat dress she wore for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. It was made of 40 pounds of flank steak. It was a very shocking sight, and in a very unpleasant way too. Immediately after the event, PETA released a statement calling the dress offensive.

4. Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus’s style nowadays had mellowed out a lot from her rebellious phrase. Her skimpy attire during the 2015 VMAs certainly raises many eyebrows. It was a custom-made Versace outfit that covered almost nothing. Thank god she had changed her style.

5. Katy Perry

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Katy Perry’s Japanese Geisha-inspired outfit was a big controversy when she wore it at the 2013 American Music Awards. It was deemed a form of cultural appropriation and stereotyping. To make things worse, one Twitter user pointed out that the backup dancers were literally wearing yellowface makeup. As you can guess, things got quite heated after that comment.

6. Beyoncé

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Beyoncé’s costume in Hymn for the Weekend was also labeled cultural appropriation. The whole music video was criticized for an inaccurate portrayal of the country. Twitter users were enraged and wanted “white rock bands” like Coldplay to stop filming videos in India.

7. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez was almost canceled for cultural appropriation too. In April 2013, she offended a lot of Hindu religious groups after she wore a bindi on her forehead during her performance at the MTV 2013 Movie Awards.

8. Kylie Minogue

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We all know how harsh censorship in the past can be, yet Kylie Minogue doesn’t care. In one of her most famous songs “Spinning Around,” the singer was dancing in a golden T-shirt and shorts that became very iconic later. And she bought the famous outfit at quite a cheap price too. Minogue and her friend Katerina Jebb bought these shorts at a flea market for less than a pack of gum.


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ABBA is famously known for their bright, shiny, and slightly ridiculous stage outfits. Even the band member Björn Ulvaeus had to admit that those costumes were pretty wild and nobody dressed for the stage as badly as they did.
However, they didn’t choose these flashy clothes to gain more attention from the audience. They had to choose them because of the tax laws of Sweden. A costume’s cost would be subtracted from taxes if it was too ridiculous and impractical to wear outside.

10. Cher

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This costume might not be as shocking as the other ones on this list, but it caused a storm back then. It’s one of Cher’s most infamous stage outfits. She wore it in the music video for her song, “If I Could Turn Back Time.” The attire consisted of a one-piece swimsuit, fishnet stockings, and a leather jacket.
During the shooting process, she was performing for the crew of a ship in that attire. Her costume and the video were deemed inappropriate and were even banned from TV. MTV did show it, but they only broadcast it after 9 p.m. A less revealing version of the video was released after the scandal.
Which one of these legendary stage outfits do you find the most iconic? Speaking about famous outfits, we might like these attires, but the actors who have to were them absolutely can’t stand them. Find out why they hate their famous movie costumes so much!
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