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Elton John's Most Gloriously Over-The-Top Costumes Through The Years

The Rocketman has never been one for subtlety on tour.

If there’s one man who understands the importance of flashy concert tour costumes, it’s Elton John.

The iconic singer, whose career is the focus of the upcoming “fantasy musical” “Rocketman,” has never been one for subtlety on tour.

John was hands down one of the biggest music acts of the ’70s, and we’d go as far as to say he’s just as widely known for his extravagant outfits as his music. Who could forget his sequined Los Angeles Dodgers uniform, created by costume designer extraordinaire Bob Mackie? Or all those glorious, feathered hats? And, of course, we can’t talk about Elton John without mentioning his collection of eyewear. No one can pull off oversized glasses quite like the multiple Grammy Award winner.

John revisited many of his most memorable costumes while working with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele on the wardrobe for his current Farewell Tour. Looking through all those old outfits “unearthed an exhilarating rush of emotions,” he told V magazine.

“I can’t believe how sartorially crazy I was, particularly in the ’70s!”

In honor of John’s 72nd birthday on Monday, take a look at his most wonderfully over-the-top costumes through the years:

Circa 1973
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Elton John onstage in a sequined suit.
1974
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John at The Forum in Inglewood, California, dressed as Minnie Mouse.
1974
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John performs at an open-air concert in May 1974 in Watford, England.
1974
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John goes metallic.
1974
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John performs at The Forum on Oct. 3 in Inglewood, California.
1974
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John performs at the piano wearing a giant fuzzy hat, circa 1974.
1974
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John performs onstage in a feathered hat.
Circa 1974
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The performer in stripes plays a bejeweled piano.
Circa 1974
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John goes full feather with palm tree glasses.
1975
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John wears his iconic sequined Los Angeles Dodgers uniform at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
1975
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John performs at the Midsummer Music one-day festival at Wembley Stadium in London, June 1975.
1975
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Pop singer Elton John performs "Pinball Wizard" in The Who's rock opera movie, "Tommy," which was released on March 26, 1975, in the United Kingdom.
1975
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John performs onstage in 1975.
1975
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John is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles in October 1975. He wears a suit emblazoned with named stars, including his own.
1976
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John performing in concert on Aug. 10 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977
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John performs with Miss Piggy on "The Muppet Show."
1982
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The performer in concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, December 1982.
1982
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John performs in rainbow array at Madison Square Garden in New York in August 1982.
1982
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A militaristic Elton John at London's Hammersmith Odeon in December 1982.
1982
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A swashbuckling Elton John in concert circa 1982 in New York City.
1984
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John performing in concert.
1986
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John onstage during the Ice on Fire Tour, in Bloomington, Minnesota.
1986
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John performs at Paris Bercy Concert Hall.
1986
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John performs wearing an Amadeus Mozart wig.
1986
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The singer, pianist and composer plays his piano on stage during the Ice on Fire Tour on Aug. 18, 1986, at the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.
1986
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John performs onstage with a structural wig.
1986
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John wears a costume by Bob Mackie in 1986.
1995
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Billy Joel (left) and John performing at a benefit concert for the Rain Forest Foundation International at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1995
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Elton John performs in support of his Made in England release at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Sept. 15 in Mountain View, California.
1997
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John and partner David Furnish at home in London for Elton John's 50th birthday party.Correction: A previous Getty caption misdated this photo to 1987; it was taken in 1997.
2000
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Elton John in hot-pink paisley at a concert at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 22 in New York.
2009
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Elton John takes a curtain call at the end of the final performance of his show "The Red Piano" at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in 2009 in Las Vegas.
2017
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The British singer gives a concert at the Crocus City Hall as part of his Wonderful Crazy Night tour.
2019
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John performs during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
2017
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John performs live on stage during a concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on July 7 in Berlin, Germany.