Singer, dancer – but Tina Turner is first and foremost a great performer. And a great performer needs a great stage outfit. During her career, Tina Turner has worked with the world’s most renowned fashion designers: Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Bob Mackie, Azzedine Alaia, just to name a few. Below, a selection of fourteen of Tina’s most sparkly, outrageous, extravagant and rock ‘n’ roll stage outfits that are designed to blow the audience away. Beyoncé: be inspired!
1. Zebra with a tail
Tina’s stage persona was originally based on Sheena, the Jungle Queen. And what does a jungle queen do? That’s right: she hunts, and turns her game into fabulous dresses. In this case, the tail is still attached. Grrrr…
2. Where the heart is…
After Tina left Ike back in 1976, she completely re-invented her stage act. And she needed some new outfits to go along with the ‘new’ Tina. Enter Bob Mackie – legendary fashion designer probably most famous for creating all of Cher’s outrageous costumes. This one is particularly sexy, including a single stocking and a lot of skin.
3. Dress less to impress
The above outfits are actually part of the same act. Another Bob Mackie creation, Tina would enter the stage in red feathers and ribbons. While performing ‘Fever’, she would take off the pieces one by one to reveal the littlest of little black dresses by the end of the song. She would then tear into a steamy version of ‘Disco Inferno’. Burn, baby, burn!
4. Let’s fly away!
When Tina is on stage, she is not dancing: she flies! This is taken quite literally with the above outfit that Tina wore in the early 1980’s. It included wings which Tina would use for her ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ entrance. A golden version also exists.
5. The Jungle Queen, part 2
The Jungle Queen theme is never far away in Tina’s performances. The above outfit is jungle mixed with a Native American style. And it’s sexy.
6. Live Aid
Tina’s outfit at 1985’s Live Aid captivated the audience. But not necessarily for what she was wearing, but for what she was NOT wearing. Halfway during the performance, Mick Jagger decided to rip the skirt off, leaving Tina in her underwear in front of a stadium with 80,000 people (and a television audience of millions). A nightmare for most of us, Tina carried on singing as if nothing happened.
7. It’s only rock ‘n’ roll
The combination leather black dress with a jean jacket. Can it get anymore rock ‘n’ roll? This is Tina Turner at the peak of her career. Oh boy, she sure earned her title as Queen of Rock.
8. Red leather
Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia started designing outfits for Tina in the mid-80’s. The above outfit is probably the most iconic one. It’s red, and it’s leather! With a zipper down the front, this is the essence of rock ‘n’ roll chic.
9. Warrior woman
Another Alaia classic, this chain-mail-look turns Tina into the ultimate warrior woman. The leather belt gives it a rock ‘n’ roll touch. This outfit was the opening costume for her 1990 Foreign Affair tour. Tina liked it so much that she wore it again on the 1993 What’s Love tour.
10. Honey, it’s Versace
Tina didn’t like this Versace outfit at first: she found it too sparkly. We are so happy she was finally persuaded to wear it on stage. It doesn’t get any sexier than this. Note: Tina was 56 when she wore it!
11. Bond girl
This corset-style little black dress was designed by Italian duo Dolce and Gabbana for Tina’s 1996 Wildest Dreams tour. She wore it for the song Goldeneye. Indeed, it makes her look like the ultimate femme fatale, capable of making any spy tell all his secrets.
12. All that glitters
The 2000 Twenty Four Seven tour wasn’t our favorite tour, outfit-wise. However, the above Giorgio Armani dress is stunning. It combines everything we expect from a Tina dress: wild yet sophisticated, sparkly, rock and roll but classy. It also exists in a golden edition, but we prefer silver.
13. So we meet again, raggedy man
Tina reprised her outfit from 1985’s movie ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’ on stage during her final tour in 2009. Bob Mackie designed it, and he added just a little bit more ‘sparkle’ compared to the movie version. It comes with a plastic head-piece, and it also makes the perfect Halloween costume.
14. The timeless classic
In the end, the little red dress remains the ultimate classic. During her final tour in 2009, Tina proved the audience that she could still pull it off at age 69. What do you think? We think it’s hot, hot, hot!