Inside the wardrobe of the world’s greatest singers
A modest square of cotton fabric, the bandanna was made popular by cowboys who wore it folded in a triangle over their nose. In France, the bandanna is inextricably associated with a particular color—red—and one singer—Renaud. A symbol of his political involvement, this neckerchief, which he wore around his neck, first appeared on the cover of his fourth album, “Marche à l'ombre” (Walk in Shadow), released in 1980.
The dancer Renée Jeanmaire, known as “Zizi,” revolutionized the Music Hall genre with her husband, choreographer, and mentor Roland Petit. Switching point shoes for high heels, and the boards of the Paris Opera for the staircase of the Casino de Paris, she successfully made the leap from ballet to Music Hall. She wore costumes made by the great fashion designers, such as this Versace jersey sheath dress, which is completely covered in beads, shifting gradually from red to black, with an appliqué of embroidered, three-dimensional flowers.
For punk rock singer Mademoiselle K, the stylist Laurène Stein experiments with materials over the artist's torso, revealing certain parts of her body while leather pants with a painted effect cover her legs. Here, we see a fishnet top, cockerel feather shoulders, necklaces made of leather, laces, metal chains, and beads, and aged vinyl pants.
In France, the celebrity most likely to dare to wear this solar—even divine—color was the singer who, in 1964, sang that she would be “la plus belle pour aller danser” (the most beautiful woman on the dancefloor). The career of Sylvie Vartan was, in fact, punctuated by flashes of gold orchestrated with the help of fashion designers. An example of this was at The Olympia in 1968, where she transformed into a headline performer, molded in a backless Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit covered in gold sequins and rhinestones.