At 59 Chaka Khan is fiercer than ever, especially with her newly svelte frame. With her performance at ESSENCE Music Festival just days away we couldn’t help but take a trip down memory lane, back to when Yvette Marie Stevens was a young “Sweet Thing.” Her disco-era styles and iconic 70’s flowerchild fashions of feathers, leather and fringe, topped with her signature fluffy mane, made everyone swoon.

Let’s flashback to her days in funk band Rufus to check out what she wore back then while tearing down the house.