The name Grace Jones is synonymous with individuality and a boundary-breaking eye for fashion, music, and the arts. Born in Jamaica, the singer, supermodel, and actress moved with her family to New York as a teenager in the 1960s, and was quickly sucked into the social scene—where she stood out for her one-of-a-kind, out-there personality and idiosyncratic look. By 18, she had a modeling contract with Wilhelmina and began working with designers such as Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and photographers like Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer, who fell for her androgynous style and bold features.
In the late ’70s, she also had a successful singing career, which eventually led her to
Studio 54, where she would become the patron saint of both disco music and style. And 10 years later, she would land her first major acting role as a Bond girl in A View to a Kill alongside Roger Moore, proving that she really could do it all. At age 75, Jones is still as bold and busy as ever, with electrifying runway walks and red carpet appearances that continue to raise the bar.
2022: FENDI 25th Anniversary of the Baguette
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For Fendi’s 25th anniversary of its signature baguette, Jones went with an all black look—a blazer, boots, and a dramatic headpiece.
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Joness’ signature style was on display for the European premiere of
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. She wore sleek black look that she paired with a blue headpiece and coordinating sunglasses and gloves—an ensemble reminiscent of those she has worn throughout her career. Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage
Performing at The Icon Ball in London, the mulit-hyphenate opted for lots of black, sequins, and of course, a sky-high hat.
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Jones attended the launch party for her biography
Je n’ecrirai Jamais Mes Memoires in Paris wearing a black bustier that she accessorized with bold white sunglasses, gold and silver rings, and a pink tassle necklace.
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In London for the opening of
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! the American star wore a polka dot clutch, hat-helmet, and gloves that she paired with a luxe overcoat and aviator glasses.
2010: Night of the Proms, The Netherlands
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Pulling out all the stops during a performance in Amsterdam, Jones wore a black leotard and a dazzling mask that transitions into a towering headpiece.
2006: New York Fashion Week
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Jones wore an all black Diesel outfit while attending New York Fashion Week. The leather-focused ensemble featured a corset, garters, and lots of studs.
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Jones went big for the Annual Night of Stars in New York City, donning a plush white fur, a black headpiece that obscured the eyes, and an extremely oversized red neckpiece.
2000: Made in Italy Awards
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The performer steered away from her usual all black ensembles for the Made In Italy Awards at New York hotspot Cipriani. Jones attended the event in a purple velvet coat, blue patterned trousers, and a red headpiece.
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For the New York premiere of the film
Ready to Wear, Jones looked ever so chic in a delightful fur ensemble and bold white sunglasses .
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The actress, model, and musician danced in a multi-color jumpsuit and red glasses at Madonna’s release party for her infamous book
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Jones opted for a gold pleated look and a brown fur coat for the CFDA Awards at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
1990: Naomi Campbell’s 20th Birthday Party
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Grace Jones opted for all white and a fur to celebrate her friend Naomi Campbell’s birthday at Tribeca Grill in New York City.
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Jones wore a cutaway dress and black straw hat for a night out in New York City in 1989.
1986: American Foundation for AIDS Research Fundraiser
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Grace posed with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring in one of her familiar styles. The trio were appearing at an American Foundation for AIDS Research fundraiser in New York City.
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Jones turned up to the James Bond
A View to Kill screening party in 1985 wearing a leather jacket, head scarf, and David Bowie-esque sunglasses.
1983: The Grammy Awards Performance
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Jones co-hosted the 25th Annual Grammy Awards alongside Rick James and wore a dynamic black ensemble and bold purple eyeshadow.
1981: Amsterdam Performance
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Performing at The Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam, Netherlands Jones wore a bustier top meant to look like a woman’s chest—a style that she helped popularize.
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Jones was amongst the attendees for opening night of Studio 54—she wore a delicately draped look.
This article was originally published on
May 19, 2019