Elton John Stage-Worn Costume
Flamboyant star Elton John (1947-) is a multi-award winning British musician, receiving a knighthood in 1998 for his talents and charitable work. Working as a prolific singer and songwriter, he has seen success in both fields, becoming a Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers in 2004. He is patron to the arts and numerous charitable foundations.
Elton has played to over 2 million people across 4 continents. To date, his 1997 single Candle in the Wind is his biggest selling with over 33 million copies sold.
Designed by Issey Miyake, the piece bears the hallmarks of the Japanese fashion designer. The fabric, experimental black polyurethane, is decorated with a textured raised pattern of tear drops and slash marks.
The suit was worn by Elton as a stage costume, conveying the drama of the performance, while providing the artist with some comfort. The costume is in excellent condition.