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Iconic catsuits: Legends in Lycra

December 10, 2020 0 Comments

Iconic catsuits: Legends in Lycra

A feast for your eyes and inspo for your NYE 2021 party wear, we might be staying in but we'll do it in style


"In difficult times, fashion is always outrageous."

- Elsa Schiaparelli


Things are looking a little different this NYE but we're still ready to get sparkly and throw some disco moves in the kitchen. But what to wear? At Burnt Soul we love to dip into the archives of icons in lycra and safe to say we've got a feast for your eyes. From Freddie to Beyoncé, we found the brightest, boldest outfits to get your inspired and ready to see off 2020 in style!

Get ready for some serious looks...

Iconic Catsuits: CARDI B

Known for her super sass and outrageous outfits, Cardi B shows her curves in all the best ways. We couldn't not include this bright rainbow catsuit dripping in jewels custom made by @Joellson (with matching boots). She is a rainbow dream.

cardi B in rainbow catsuit unitard with sparkly rhinestone tassles

@CardiB performing in 2019 at the Made in America Festival.

cardi B in rainbow catsuit unitard with sparkly rhinestone tassles

Proving you really can move in a catsuit... iconic.


No celebration of catsuits (all-in-ones!) would be complete without a mention of the King. Elvis gave us so many bejewelled beauties throughout his career, influencing bejewelled catsuits and beyond!

Elvis' 'Aloha from Hawaii' live in 1973

Wearing his Thunderbird in 1973

Aloha! Live from Hawaii in 73'

Iconic Catsuits: ABBA

The true dancing queens, Abba ruled the waves of catsuits and it was a full family affair! The group paved the way of super fabulous catsuits to perfectly match each other... safe to say I'm ready to start a group now just to wear these outfits.

Mamma Mia! Lovers in lycra performing in London in November 1979

Shining in satin, sequins and bold colours.

Iconic Castuits: MILEY CYRUS & DUA LIPA

These two are not only making some club bangers but are also slaying it in these sultry sheer Mugler catsuits. Throwing catsuits into super sleek high fashion, these ladies are bringing it...

Bringing her A game in a custom Mugler, safe to say @Miley is ruling her catsuit.

@DuaLipa has worn a few Mugler Catsuits but this custom
performance outfit dripping in jewels has us gasped.

Iconic Catsuits: Laura Lee

It's no doubt we're massive fans of Khruangbin here and all squealed when we were asked to create something super custom for killer bassist Laura Lee. We couldn't resist including this in our catsuit collection... she described the suit as an "intergalactic comic-book crime fighter" and we couldn't agree more.

A custom dream to make! Laura Lee performing a home town show, Houston 2019.

Who said catsuits had to only be worn at festivals?!
Laura looking gorge at home photographed for the houston chronicle.

Giving us full intergalactic space girl vibes on stage with Khruangbin in 2019.

Iconic Castuits: DOLLY PARTON

You can't make an icon list without including Dolly... she's given us decades of iconic looks, if it's not covered in rhinestones, fringing or lace it ain't Dolly. She is evrything.

Rhinestoned for the gods! Dolly photographed by Mark Seliger for the 2019 CMA Awards.

A true dream in white lace in 1993.

A golden goddess, perfomrning on SNL in 1989.

Iconic Catsuits: ELTON JOHN

As Bob Mackie said on working with Elton's costumes, “I Treated Him Like a Male Showgirl”. We can all agree what a incredible showgirl he would make! There are so many of Elton's costumes that are truly fabulous and outrageous but here's a snippet of some of the best...

Nothing greater than being covered in sequins and feathers.
Elton in Bob Mackie performing in 1974

Full of fabulous feathers, Elton performing on the Muppet Show in 1977.

Making quilted flares look simply stunning, performing in LA 1974.

Visions in pink jewels, Elton and Miss Piggy on 'The Muppet Show' in 1978


Iconic Castuits: Jenifer Lopez

Never one to shy away from sequins and all the sparkle, Jlo is a true diva of all that shines! She wears them day or night and boy does she look good...

Performing at the Super-Bowl in 2018, Meow...

Working it in tribal by DSquared2

A ruby red dream in vrettos vrettakos

A vision in Versace.

Iconic Catsuits: FREDDIE MECURY

Freddie truly paved the way to men in lycra, his fearless style leaves us gagging for more! From sequins to checkerboard prints, and outrageous eye prints... he is a lycra legend!

All eyes on him, Freddie in red for music video in 1984.

The real Harlequin, in 1977.

It's not all about prints, Freddie glows in all white.

A checkerboard dream in 1977

Super sparkles in silver sequins, Freddie performing in 1977.

Iconic Castuits: BEYONCE

Showing us how leopard print is done... Queen B. No stranger to a catsuit she gives everything and more. Showcasing all her curves in all the right places, Beyonce will never fail to amaze us!

Purrfect in leopard print, taken from Black is king Film, 2020.

An unstoppable force in Valentino.

Iconic Catsuits: BILLY PORTER

If Billy wasn't brought to your attention in Posé, we can only request you get involved and take in the wardrobe not only worn by Billy but all of the cast. Outside of the show, he is known to be a warrior of style and not afraid to have all eyes on him...

The talk of the room arriving at the Met Gala in 2019.
In the 'Sun God' custom catsuit made by the Blonds, bravo!

If the front wasn't enough, the 10 foot gold wings are incredible!  

Nothing makes an outfit better than rhinestone fringing, Billy wearing custom Baja East.

Sequins, sequins, sequins! Billy in custom catsuit by the Blonds.

Iconic Castuits: CHER

Safe to say... I believe we've saved the the best for last! A true icon in her own right Cher has worn so many iconic outfits. We could write a whole blog on her outfits alone, but here's a small selection in some gorgeously outrageous catsuits. We all bow down to you Cher.

A vision in blue crystals, Cher In 1978 posing for a Bob Mackie portrait session.

Covered in sparkles in 1966, performing with Sonny in Italy.

Looking dreamy in lace, performing in London in 1990.

Shining through in silver performing at Charity performance in 2000

Performing in one her most iconic catsuits, in 1992.

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