Performing in color: Concert fashion


Annabella Mireles

Greta Van Fleet performed at the Don Haskins center March 21 after having rescheduled their November show due to the leads singer’s ear rupture.

Itzel Giron, Editor-in-Chief

Concerts can call for much planning on the attendees’ part, from transportation to hotels to makeup to clothing choices, but what about the artists themselves?  

Most artists perform in simple, comfortable and easy-to-move-in clothing while some use their looks to excite their fans amid the difficulty of finding clothes comfortable enough to perform in.  

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began to slow down in 2021, many artists have slowly returned to stages across the globe. Some are taking advantage of the two to three-hour sets to highlight their creative and unique outfits, those artists include Harry Styles, Greta Van Fleet and Taylor Swift.  

During his most recent tour, “Love On Tour,” Harry Styles utilized his partnership with GUCCI by wearing different custom outfits during each show.  

It is something Styles has been doing since his first tour, “Harry Styles: Live on Tour,” but now it has become a guessing game each night as to what he will wear or what color-patterned outfit he would have on.  

It may not be something Styles started during his time in One Direction, but his clothing choices have brought up the question if men should put more effort in what they wear during performances rather than going shirtless and wearing a pair of shorts like lead singer of the band Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds.  

When looking at women in the music industry, many of them always look their best by wearing heels, full faces of makeup, skirts and dresses but some have taken it up a notch by either leaving that norm completely or elevating their outfit choices.  

Taylor Swift is one artist taking her clothing choices up a notch during her highly anticipated “The Eras Tour.” With 17 quick changes, Swift has elevated the idea of a performance with all her costuming.   

Other performers who utilize their fashion to stand out amongst other artists is Greta Van Fleet, an American rock band that takes inspiration from the 1970s to stand out rather than the usual black leather and chains most rock bands are known for.  

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  • Greta Van Fleet performed their ‘Dreams In Gold’ tour in El Paso, Texas March 21.

  • Sam Kiszka wore a white blazer that had the same bejeweling that Josh’s had, along with an embroidered sword that ran down his pant legs.

  • Greta Van Fleet performed their ‘Dreams In Gold’ tour in El Paso, Texas March 21.

  • Sam Kiszka plays bass for Greta Van Fleet.

  • Josh had seven stripes of gold glitter and white makeup across his cheeks as well as face jewels and glitter eyeshadow.

  • American rock band Greta Van Fleet consists of Josh Kiszka, Jake Kiszka, Sam Kiszka and Daniel Wagner.

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It is the eccentric wardrobe by these artists that not only inspire other artists in their shows, but the fans who attend them as well. Thus, inspiring a new era of concert fashion culture.  

Itzel Giron is the editor-in-chief and may be reached at [email protected]; @by.itzel.giron on Instagram; @itzel_anahi_16 on Twitter.