A rundown of the some of the best outfits the ceremony’s ever seen.
With this year’s BRITs so close – and so hyped (who’ll take home the British Artist Video of the Year award? Will it be Liam, Harry, Zayn or someone else completely? We just couldn’t say!) – we figured it was an appropriate time to revisit the internet’s endless wardrobe (read: photo library), and come up with some kind of list of our top looks from the last 40 years.
Spoiler, most of the ceremony’s iconic looks hit the red carpet in the last two decades, but we digress.
Over two decades ago the Spice Girls gave us a debut performance that was so full of light, smoke and sass we couldn’t quite believe our eyes. The five icons didn’t let us down with outfits either, each encompassing their signature Spice persona with looks that would be hard to forget – just look at those platforms!
From one icon to another: in 2014, Kate Moss nodded to the late David Bowie by wearing his Ziggy Stardust playsuit to accept his Best British Male award. She gave the bodysuit a whole new vibe, adding tights and a pair of black heels. Chic.
Always one to flaunt a look, Rihanna ruled the BRITs in 2011 with her floral Oscar De La Renta gown. This being one of her three outfit changes (!), the BRIT winner stole the show in almost every aspect – from her win for Best International Solo Female Artist to her huge performance of one of her most controversial hits, “S & M”.
What’s your favourite colour? I think we can probably guess Destiny’s Child’s from the trio’s matching dress codes circa 2001. The independent women didn’t hold back on sparkle either, with each of the singers wearing a variation of looks full of green sequins and glitter. Naturally, this was just one of the outfits that Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle tried for size, with silver co-ordinated two piece sets blowing the audience away during their evening performance.
Lady Gaga rarely goes unnoticed at shows, and 2010 was a year for getting noticed. Wearing a dress fully formed of meat to the MTV VMA’s the same year, we can all agree that her style is far from the ordinary. This three layered dress by Francesco Scognamiglio was accompanied by a white wig and a range of unique poses as she floated down the BRITS red carpet. Iconic or what?!
Whitney Houston is the icon of all icons when it comes to music, and this look is impossible to forget. The maximum-Matrix-vibe dress was the look she wore to perform at the BRITs in 1998, and fact fans will also recognise it as the frock she wore in the video for “It’s Not Right But It’s OK”. A dress so good it just had to be worn twice, obvs.
2002 was a big year for Kylie. Her Fever tour was the biggest thing in pop culture of the time, and naturally it gave us some of her most iconic looks. Case in point, her performance at the BRITs: those silver thigh high boots, that custom-made Dolce and Gabbana dress… Just one of the featured designs that appeared in said world tour.