To say that Elton John is one of the most successful and influential musicians of all-time is a given. He was a gifted singer, an exceptional pianist and, above all else, a peerless showman who helped pioneer the “glam rock” subgenre. Somewhat overlooked in the grand scheme of things, though, are the clothes that he wore. Not only did they help make him famous—they helped make him. His may not be the first name that comes to mind when fashionable musicians come up and, granted, today’s musicians may have a greater influence on how people are actually dressing. But without his eclectic clothing choices, the name Elton John probably wouldn’t come to mind at all. Instead, he’d be known by his birth name, Reginald Dwight.

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