Top 7 Wardrobe Malfunctions in Music
guest post by smart musicians club fashion correspondent Christine Backer
Everyone knows that moment when an expertly put together outfit suddenly and for no reason decides to work against them, and expose parts which only doctors and lovers need to see.
For those in the music business, however, these moments are much more frequent, and often painfully public.
Whilst it may be childish to laugh at the misfortune of others, some of the people on our top 7 list definitely deserve it.
Performing at the Super Bowl with Justin Timberlake in 2004, Janet Jackson reignited her career, or at least the career of her right breast, by having her co-star rip off one side of her dominatrix-style top to reveal her breast and a definitely-not-planted-there-on-purpose nipple shield. Quite clearly a very obvious cry for attention, Jackson later denied that her wardrobe malfunction was on purpose, because these days most ladies are walking around with enormous metal suns around their nipples.
To be fair, most of Lady Gaga’s stage outfits are one giant wardrobe malfunction, so it was inevitable that she would end up on our list. During her 2013 Born This Way Tour, Gaga split her pants right down the centre during an energetic dance routine. It is likely that 90% of the audience didn’t even notice.
There are wardrobe malfunctions and there are wardrobe malfunctions. Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie unleashed something worse than even that London Bridge song on stage in San Diego in 2005, when she made the wrong call between choosing to finish the gig and getting to a toilet. The singer later claimed that the very obvious stain was in fact a sweat patch, and then shortly after that said she didn’t want to talk about it. Which really cleared up the matter once and for all.
There are two reasons why Mariah Carey is the guilty pleasure of millions of men around the world, and at the 20th Anniversary of hip hop label So So Def one of them jumped out of her skintight dress. Ever the professional, Carey carried on, and a few more men became instant fans.
All the girls want a piece of Justin Bieber, and fans at a concert in Singapore in 2013 almost got the full piece when Bieber’s pants started to slip from ‘ironically ghetto’ to ‘around his ankles’. For everyone that is not a 14 year old girl, this couldn’t have happened to a better person.
There is a reason why you can be said to have ‘flashed your Britney’, as Britney Spears has enjoyed a rich history of accidentally showing body parts, meaning that the back of her costume popping open on stage is hardly one for the gossip pages. This malfunction has made the list purely because it happened on the ‘Piece Of Me’ tour, which is so deliciously ironic it couldn’t be overlooked.
The last wardrobe malfunction on our list shows that bad things can happen to good people, even if they aren’t dressed like something out of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Taylor Swift was performing on stage in 2011 in a very conservative dress when the wind machines caused her dress to invert completely to reveal rather unpretty Spanx-style underwear. Not pictured: a very, very happy stage hand, rubbing his hands together with glee.