Grace Jonesthe singer, model, and actoris an undisputed style icon. She effortlessly embodied the opulent club design of the late 70s and 80s, beaming out a vision of avant-garde pop to the planet. Her imprint on style and culture is everlasting. This fact was reiterated recently through pop extraordinaire Beyonc tapping Jones for an attribute on her behalf ballroom-tinged, disco trap record Renaissance. Bey also paid tribute to the enduring icon in the album’s visuals, donning Mugler-inflected pieces through the entire promotional photos.
The homage is fitting. Grace Jones has explored the experimental edges of fashion and beauty throughout her career. She crafted a lasting image through her geometric haircut, club-kid makeup, and penchant for the weirdest & most brazen pieces by designers like Thierry Mugler and Kenzo. Her style was firmly rooted in campy, queer-coded aestheticsworn during performances at bygone queer disco clubs like 12 West and Palladium. This aesthetic had not been only visually pleasing, but additionally sharply politicalespecially once the AIDS crisis cast a dark shadow over queer nightlife.
With Renaissance thrusting Grace Jones and disco culture back to the spotlight, it only feels to re-examine a few of the icons most fashion-forward looks.