James Brown: Greatest Fashion Hits

Ten of the most outrageous outfits that made the man a style icon.

James Brown was known as the hardest-working man in show biz—but do you have any idea how much effort he must have spent choosing and designing his own costumes? He was truly the rare frontman who could don traditional suits and tuxedos as easily as glam-glittery ensembles: electric-blue jumpsuits, long capes, fur coats, and in-your-face jewelry. Think his music influenced Michael Jackson, Prince, George Clinton, and Bruno Mars? Consider their outfits, too. Inspired by the new PG-13 biopic Get On Up, we present Brown's 10 most dazzling fashion statements—from 1966 to 2008.

At what was destined to be one of the last performances of his career, Brown mesmerized the audience at the Berkeley Square Ball in London. Clad in (another) cobalt-blue satin suit, orange shirt, and trademark bow tie, he proved that he had lost none of his fashion instincts.

Intro, Slide 6, Slide 7: photos courtesy of Corbis. All other photos courtesy of Getty.
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