Freddie Mercury’s Most Iconic Moments

Freddie Mercury’s Most Iconic Moments

In addition to shaping rock history, the pioneer was an unabashed clotheshorse.

In addition to shaping rock history, the pioneer was an unabashed clotheshorse.

Text: Czar Van Gaal

Freddie Mercury was a trendsetter in every sense of the word. He possessed one of the most original voices in rock and brought unprecedented visibility to LGBTQ issues. He was also an aesthete; he was a talented drawer, and even designed the official Queen logo. But what may have contributed most to his iconic status was his sense of style. A fashion chameleon, he wore everything from boho-glam to militant leather dad in his stadium-rocking shows. So, before his much anticipated biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek, rocks you this weekend, we're taking a look back at Mercury's most iconic sartorial moments.

According to the costume designer of Bohemian Rhapsody, recreating Mercury's harlequin jumpsuit (which sold at auction for more than $29,000 in 2012) required each diamond to be cut and sewn together, and required 30 to 40 fittings.
Mercury wore this Japanese kimono, made of ivory silk damask and decorated with orange, black, yellow and green stenciled foliage, to a Tokyo concert in 1976.
A year after Live Aid, Mercury returned to Wembley Stadium in a yellow leather jacket, circa 1986.
He later emerged channeling the actual Queen of England in a cape and crown
Photographer Mick Rock captured Mercury in 1974.
One of Mercury's more unusual trademarks was wearing a Flash tee while riding on Darth Vader's shoulders.
Fur coat worn in the video for “Killer Queen" (1974).
The “I Want to Break Free” video, which featured Mercury in drag, was banned from MTV.

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