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Josephine Baker circa 1930 poses in one of her many elaborate costumes.
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Beyoncé’s big comeback performance was everything we anticipated. The diva sang and danced in a host of haute costumes, including this crystal, feathered look channeling the great Parisian princess herself – Josephine Baker.
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The Blonds over-the-top embellished leotard for Fall 2012 is one we’re certain Baker would shimmy in today.
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Billie Holiday’s all-over printed dress and gorgeous flower hair piece was a soft stylish compliment to her moody tunes.
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When we spotted British actress Marsha Thomason’s long dress blooming with bold flowers from vintage boutique “The Reformation,” we couldn’t help but think “Lady Sings The Blues.”
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Rebecca Taylor took to the runway in all-over florals with a new take on the romantic print.
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Billie Holiday was no stranger to head adornments, often seen wearing hats, flowers and even today’s covetable head wrap.
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Estelle’s fashionable and functional turban (worn to keep her hair in tact while performing) on stage brings Billie Holiday’s look to life in the present day.
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Sleek fabric top knots and turbans accessorized Norma Kamali’s Fall collection, showing us just how to work the look with evening wear.
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Eartha Kitt in the 1960s performance Talk of The Town shows feline fierceness in a form-fitting leopard dress and matching fur-trimmed coat.
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At the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival, Goapele graced the stage in a sultry leopard bodycon dress, taking notes from the fiercest cat woman herself, Eartha Kitt.
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This Fall cocktail dress king Roland Mouret brings new life to leopard with this graphic mirrored effect version of the print.
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Lena’s satin, cinched-waist style was a popular silhouette in the 1960s. Here she glammed it up by accessorizing with gloves, a fur stole, matching pearl choker and earrings set.
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Ambrose’s Louis Vuitton A-line jacquard dress channeled Horne’s classic elegance. The stylist made it her own by adding beautiful brooches along the straps.
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Tracy Reese shortened the hemline of this classic shape and livened up the fabric with lamé for the season.
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The late, great Donna Summer sparkles in a jumpsuit during a 1979 UNICEF performance for the United Nations in New York City, a common style rocked by the songstress.
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Lala Anthony’s disco-ready jumpsuit by Lois London brought life to the red carpet just as Disco Queen Donna Summer did to the stage.
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Thakoon transitions the jumpsuit into Fall with an evening wear take in a soft sheen satin and tuxedo-like lapels.
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Ms. Ross was never afraid to take it there and this performance shows it with the singer wrapped up in purple ostrich feathers.
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Macy Gray dances to her own tunes swathed in vibrant, fluffy feathers like the dynamic diva herself.
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Kamali borrowed this glamorous touch for her upcoming fall collection. The designer’s smooth shag fur stole makes the style wearable on and off the stage.
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