Janet Jackson Style File

Janet Jackson Style File by Alexandra Phanor-Faury Janet Jackson is no stranger to undergoing style transformations. We’ve watched the youngest Jackson evolve from a shy teen actress to a sexy pop icon over the decades. While exploring a bevy of looks from rocker to dominatrix to club kid to polish lady, Ms. Jackson has sparked a number of trends and influenced scores of pop stars with her strong stage presence and fashionable threads. Janet made her first fashion statement back in 1986 with the release of her breakthrough third album, “Control.” Not only did the album mark her growth as an assertive young woman and artist, it also introduced us to a harder, edgier Janet who was making her transition from girl-next-door in preppy separates to a bad ass clad in all black everything. Oversized blazers, single key earrings, leather gloves and big hair were Janet's first claim to fashion fame. It’s been 24 years since her bold look and Janet has consistently been recognized as a fashion tastemaker with designers like the late Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier clamoring to style her. Janet still continues to blow us away with her imaginative style repertoire. There are a host of to-die-for Janet Jackson looks out there, here are our top picks:

ESSENCE.COM Mar, 19, 2010