Leather Queen: the film Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the passion of Freddie Mercury of leather (too)

“I have fun with clothes on stage, it’s not a concert you’re seeing, it’s a fashion show.” Queen’s frontman defined like this his relationship with the stage clothes: provocative and unconventional, Freddie Mercury was a pioneer of the freedom of expression, he loved to wear leather jackets, trousers and accessories, so much so that many models has become iconic thanks to him. Histrionic, but always attentive to the quality of what he wore: “I get dressed to kill, but with taste” he once said. The look was part of his show and represented a vindication of his way of being. It was not easy for costume designer Julian Day to recreate the image of the singer for the box office hit, Bohemian Rhapsody directed by Dexter Fletcher and Bryan Singer, the acclaimed film for the masterful interpretation of Rami Malek. A detailed reconstruction of the band’s 70s and 80s outfits was made: for example, for the historic concert for Live Aid of 1985 in Wembley Stadium, which opens and closes the film, Day contacted Adidas to reproduce the thin 80s sole shoes worn by Mercury and the guitarist Brian May. Not only that, to declinate the faithful way the singer’s look was traced Robert Alsop, the original leather designer who created the studded belt and the bracelet that Mercury wore.

 

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