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Image / Fashion

Whitney Houston’s most iconic looks (and how to recreate them)


By Erin Lindsay
09th Aug 2018

UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: WEMBLEY ARENA Photo of Whitney HOUSTON, Whitney Houston performing on stage (Photo by David Corio/Redferns)

Whitney Houston’s most iconic looks (and how to recreate them)

Whitney Houston was a true icon of our time, in a lot of ways – as a musician, as a performer, and of course, in the world of fashion. While nothing could draw attention away from Houston’s sparkling stage presence and unbelievable voice, her showstopping outfits certainly complemented her image too.

Houston tragically died in February of 2012, and today would have been her 55th birthday. In honour of her life and legacy, we wanted to take a fun look back down memory lane at the looks of an icon. From stage performances to interviews to music videos, she made an entrance wherever she went.

While Houston’s fame and success was at its peak in the 80s and 90s, the outfits definitely haven’t dated. Power dressing, albeit altered for the 21st century, is very much back in, while sparkles, big hair and, of course, leopard print, always has its place on our fashion radar. We scoured the internet to find the best dupes for Whitney Houston’s most iconic looks, from the high street to high end. We think we’ve done a pretty good job of it – what do you think? Let us know if we’ve missed any of Whitney’s best looks.

 

On the set of the ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ video, 1987

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How to recreate it

Motel scoop back mini dress, now €31.80 at ASOS

Golden dangle earrings, €12.95 from Zara

Max Factor smokey eye drama kit in Luxe Lilacs, €12.99 from Boots

Benefit They’re Real lipstick in Coral Confession, €22 from Boots

 

Whitney Houston performing on stage at Wembley Arena, London, 3 September 1991

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How to recreate it

Body with placed embellishment in floral print, €48.39 from ASOS

Black belted ponte skinny trouser. €43 from River Island

On set of her interview with ‘The Barbara Walters Special’, airing Nov. 9, 1993

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How to recreate it

Pop frill blazer, now €42.86 from ASOS

Rico ribbed-knit turtleneck sweater, €160 from Simon Miller

 

 

Performance at the Poplar Creek Music Theater in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, August 30, 1986

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How to recreate it

 

With her mother Cissy Houston on an ABC Mother’s Day special, 1987

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How to recreate it

Double-breasted jacket, €39.99 from H&M

Rust cheesecloth crochet trim square neck vest, €11.99 from New Look

Cream knot front embellished headband, now €8 from River Island

 

 

Performance at the GRAMMY Salute to Icons, 2009

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How to recreate it

Brown leopard print scuba plunge bandeau midi dress, now €17 from Missguided

Kate faux fur leopard print coat, €295 from Free People