Patti LaBelle understood the power of fashion and style. Her conceptual looks coupled with her raw talent made her a bonafide star. Patti LaBelle poses for a portrait in 1975.
Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles
In 1966, Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash rocked the feminine matching frocks most girl groups wore in that era. Less then 10 years later as the LaBelle, the gals broke from the mold opting for daring costumes and risqué lyrics. They would become the first Black artists to land a Rolling Stone cover (1975) and the first Black act to ever appear at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House.
The year was 1974 and “Lady Marmalade” was a hit. Patti LaBelle was pure 70s goodness in this look. The suede over-the-knee boots, the fitted tunic with puffy shoulders and wide belt are all the things we love from that era.
Who hasn’t Lady Gaga gotten inspiration from? Unlike Grace Jones, Patti LaBelle revealed on The Wendy Williams Show that she’s flattered.
Patti LaBelle in one of her most iconic looks from her historical Rolling Stone cover with LaBelle. She’s a supernova rock star in an space-age costume.
Patti LaBelle’s arresting stage attire may have toned down in the 90s, but she still loved turning up the glam with shine and lots of fur.
Through out her career, Patti LaBelle, here with Cyndi Lauper, has redefined herself with fashion.
Patti LaBelle wears a pantsuit and feminine loafers. The silk wrap adds an extra soft touch to her menswear ensemble.
In the 80s, Patti LaBelle was known for her collection of elaborate chapeaus.
We love how Patti LaBelle continued to take fashion and beauty risks, even if some found them to be questionable at her age.
Besides the obvious here, the dress is way too snug on top, Patti LaBelle shows off her amazing figure in this red carpet gown. She credits her youthful energy to eating healthy and working out.