Oh, You Pretty Things: Glam Rock Icons

Oh, You Pretty Things: Glam Rock Icons

We take a look at the men who championed the Glam Rock aesthetic throughout the 1970’s.

We take a look at the men who championed the Glam Rock aesthetic throughout the 1970’s.

Text: Paul Madley

From Gucci to Drag Race, the revival of all things camp has sparked a conversation on how and where it started. Glam rock, which originated in Britain during the seventies, serves as perennial camp inspiration: a group of men took performing to the next level with a wardrobes of feathers, sequins, platforms, makeup and boas.

David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Rod Stewart, Elton John and Freddie Mercury were at the forefront of the movement. The looks were over the top, camp, and androgynous with lots of glitz and glitter. The artists toyed with traditional gender roles, mixing binary visuals to create unconventionally chic stage personas. The style, referred to as ‘Glitter Rock,' migrated to America with bands like the New York Dolls adopting the look.

Glam Rock ultimately transitioned into New Romantics towards the end of the decade, although it continued to inspire artists throughout the eighties and early 2000’s, such as Prince, Adam and the Ants, and the English rock band Pink Grease.

With a long-lasting influence on fashion and music, click through the gallery below to see the legends who founded the movement.

Adam Ant

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