Anarchists of Style: Cher (A Snapshot)

For more than 40 years, audiences have wowed, gasped, and often shaken their heads over Cher’s almost unnaturally perfect physique, exposed in sheer, sparkling, barely-there Bob Mackie ensembles. Her’s is a look that cannot (should not!) be mainstreamed. She has fun with it. As a presenter at the 1986 Academy Awards, wearing a bit of bondage-inspired fun and a huge feathered Mohawk headdress, she teased a stunned audience, As you can see, I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress.”

Of her style and success, she surmises: Until you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” It’s liberating advice from an icon of fashion anarchy.

Monica and Lisa are partners in Anarchists of Style.

(Photo: Hulton Archives/Getty Images.)

The evolution of Cher’s personal and performance style:


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