The 15 Biggest Fashion Trend Setting Musicians of All-Time

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The vast majority of most successful and prominent musicians have some sort of fashion sense. Being a performance artist, it is often important to be conscious of ones appearance both on and off stage. It’s one thing to look good, and it is an entirely different thing when you become a fashion trend setter. Now there were many musicians who were known as fashion icons, but who are some of the most prominent and influential ones? We are going to take a look at a list of 15 musicians who are to be considered fashion trend setters.

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Jack White

15. Jack White

Jack White could definitely be considered a musician that is more in-tuned with his sense of fashion. Often seen wearing suits, overalls, and an array of stylish hats, Jack White certainly is somewhat of a trend setter. This musician knows how to make it look cool when playing up on stage.

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Victoria Beckham

14. Victoria Beckham

While we don’t see her perform as often as she used too, Victoria Beckham is still a notable musician who is somewhat of a fashion trend-setter. From her days in the Spice Girls to now, Victoria has always been extremely well-dressed and her tastes have certainly influence many of women across the world. She even has gone on to become a designer and has launched her own brand.

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Wu-Tang Clan

13. Wu-Tang Clan

While not a single individual, Wu-Tang Clan as a whole group can be considered fashion trend setters. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Wu-Tang Clan was one of the most influential rap/hip-hop groups out there, and they still are. They would take their early success to start their of fashion label known as “Wu Wear”; you can’t get more trend setting than having your own clothing brand.

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Adam Levine

12. Adam Levine

Best known as the lead singer of Maroon 5 and as a judge on the hit TV show “The Voice”, Adam is also known for his fashion sense and he also has his own clothing line.

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11. Elvis Presley 

To no ones surprise, Elvis is also on our list as his sense of fashion has influenced many individuals and continues to influence many. At the time he was quite the iconic figure and somewhat of a “bad boy”. Between his slicked back hair and his suits and shoes, Elvis was a definitely a fashion trend-setter.

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Odd Future

10. Odd Future

I’ve had the opportunity to see Odd Future perform twice, and both experience were very interesting to say the least (in a good way). This hip-hop collective from Los Angeles quickly drew a cult-like following and have managed to become quite an influential group. Their unique style of fashion also influenced many individuals and they would go on to create their own fashion company whose clothing is sold in malls and retail stores across the world.

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Pharrell Williams

9. Pharrell Williams

Pharrell is no stranger to the world of fashion, and has been pretty much always seen wearing clothing from many brand names, when he’s not making his own fashion statement that is (see: Pharrell’s hat). He’s collaborated with brands like Reebok and Louis Vuitton and has partnered with brands like Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream.

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David Bowie

8. David Bowie

Throughout David Bowie’s career, he has pretty much always been seen making some sort of a fashion statement. While his look has changed over the years, you simply cannot ignore how influential Bowie’s fashion sense was and it certainly has influenced many (along with his music, of course).

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7. Prince

If their is one musician that doesn’t care what people think of him, it would be Prince. He’s always seen sporting some very interesting and avant-garde clothing, and is most definitely a fashion trend setter. When you are dealing with an artist that previously changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, you know you’ve got a character on your hands and one that wears crazy, yet impressive outfits.

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6. Madonna

Madonna and fashion go hand-in-hand, and she certainly has become quite the fashion icon. Reffered to as the “Queen of Pop”, Madonna has always taken to wearing quality outfits that have inspired many fans around the world.

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Jimi Hendrix

5. Jimi Hendrix  

If you had to think of the stereotypical fashion trends that hippies introduced in the 1960’s, Jimi Hendrix would be a walking representative. While he is known for his amazing music and as the best guitar player of all time, he was also a major fashion trend setter of the time. Jimi showed us that it was okay for men to wear a wide range of colors and flowy outfits. In terms of hippie fashion, Hendrix is the best example.

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Jay Z

4. Jay Z

With a net worth at about a half-billion dollars, Jay Z is one of the most successful musicians of all-time. Being a modern-day renaissance man, Jay Z has influenced many things outside of music, including fashion. He’s certainly a fashion trend setter and has established his own clothing line known as Rocawear.

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Lady Gaga

3. Lady Gaga

Since Lady Gaga became famous, she has always been known for her bizarre, crazy, unique, and often impressive outfits that she wears to events and concerts. One time wore a dress made from meat, for example. Her extremely “different” approach to fashion has become part of her brand and she certainly has influenced many in the world of fashion.

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Kanye West

2. Kanye West

Love him or hate him, Kanye West is easily one of the most influential musicians when it comes to fashion. From concerts to public appearances, it’s easy to tell that Kanye takes care of his appearance and has certainly developed his own style. He has worked with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Nike, A.P.C., Adidas, and many other brands and has created and designed his own products, most notably the Air Yeezy sneakers.

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Michael Jackson

1. Michael Jackson

Aside from being the biggest name in the history of pop music, Michael Jackson is certainly a major fashion trend setter. From his early days up until his death, Michael always wore very stylish outfits whether he was performing on stage or going about his business. Everything about his look was extremely influential  and he certainly was no stranger to the worlds of fashion and style.

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Written by Sebastian Hensiek

From Philadelphia, Sebastian is a fan of music, writing, art, and entertainment.