Some of the most iconic looks of festival fashion have come from the equally iconic Glastonbury. That’s no surprise, really, considering that it consistently has the biggest artists on the planet headlining, and has done so since its inception in 1970. And while some of the biggest inspiration comes from the Glasto sweethearts (or, perhaps more aptly, diehards) that are Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller (what we like to call the Holy Trinity), the real fashion revolutionaries are the artists themselves. So, without further ado…
Courtney Love – 1999
Not many would dare to even dream about imitating this simply perfect outfit from the one and only, true punk princess that is Courtney Love. The bubble-gum pink and butterfly wings make this look seemingly sweet and innocent, but on closer inspection, the sheer and mesh elements elevate this look to undeniably sexy. The guitar helps too, of course.
Dame Shirley Bassey – 2007
Bassey masters fashion here: amalgamating both festival fashion and high fashion in the classic dress-you-could-spot-a-mile-off and the initial-embossed-wellie-of-your-dreams combo. The top half makes the statement that Dame Shirley is here, while the bottom half makes you feel ashamed that you thought that Dame S knew nothing about festival fashion. Our favourite part, of course, is the expertly embellished initials on the wellies on for all to see (and gently remind that, yes, the D is for Dame, darling).
Lady Gaga – 2009
There really isn’t much to write about this look – it speaks for itself. At the end of the day, who doesn’t want to, quite literally, look like a disco ball when dancing to disco and having a ball?(!) Extra kudos must be given to a brave and relatively new-on-the-scene Gaga but, had she not worn this, it would be one less look in her canon of iconic outfits. And quite frankly, that’s not a world we want to live in.
Dolly Parton – 2014
Never one to shy away from dressing up for an occasion, Dolly showed everyone how it’s done with this white embellished number. As iconic as the look is in and of itself, the pose officially solidifies this as legendary. A look that has Jolene quaking.
By Zoë Huxford
Artwork by Luke Walwyn