COACHELLA 2017

What 28 Female Musicians Wore to Perform at Coachella


It’s that time of year again: festival season. The behemoth of all music festivals will take place this weekend, as Coachella touches down in Indio Valley. The festival has become as synonymous with its on-the-grounds style as it is with its headliners—a la la land where jorts, floral crowns, and crochet bikinis are de rigueur. But truly, it’s the onstage fashion that is worth talking about. There are those performers who embrace the desert heat, wearing practical sundresses and floaty separates, while others outright flout the temperatures in thigh-high leather boots and skintight jeans. This year is sure to be another memorable Coachella fashion moment, as Lady Gaga headlines the festival, stepping in for a pregnant Beyoncé. Ahead of this weekend’s festival, a look back at what 28 of the biggest names in music have worn to perform.

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In 2007, Björk took to the stage in a typically kooky ensemble, including a skeleton bustier.

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Zooey Deschanel performed with She & Him in 2010, wearing a prim light blue sundress.

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Beyoncé surprised concert-goers by popping out during Jay Z’s performance in 2010, wearing a graphic t-shirt and jorts.

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Despite the heat, Carrie Brownstein performed with Black Flag in 2012 wearing long black jeans.

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Feist played the 2012 festival in a tie-dyed tank top and shiny orange mini-skirt.

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In 2007, Amy Winehouse appeared with her signature bee-hive and cat-eye, along with a white tank and jean shorts.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg serenaded the 2010 crowd in a white tank and loose grey jeans with leather detailing.

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The same year, Beth Ditto appeared in a black shift dress with colorful stained glass-esque detailing.

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Emily Haines of Metric layered on the necklaces in 2013, along with a white blouse and leather shorts.

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Janelle Monae kept true to her affinity for black and white in this 2013 look.

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Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes belted it out in a caped dress in 2015.

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In one of her many Coachella performances, Karen O dressed in a yellow suit for the 2013 festival.

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Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, took to the stage in 2015 wearing a dress by Stella McCartney.

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Pre-Drake makeout, Madonna hit the 2015 stage in a patterned coat and thigh-high boots.

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Jenny Lewis matched her colorful romper with a pair of mirrored sunglasses in 2012.

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With a broken ankle, Florence Welch perched barefoot in a loose blouse and cropped jeans.

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Haim bassist Este Haim kept it prim and proper in a black dress with a white collar in 2014.

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FKA Twigs wore a complicated contraption featuring a harness bra at the 2015 festival.

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Neko Case performed in 2014 wearing a graphic t-shirt and novelty skeleton leggings.

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The ever-stylish Solange wore a orange skirt-suit with ankle boots in 2014.

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Lana Del Rey made a colorful impression in 2014, wearing this floral print dress.

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Ellie Goulding kept it all white for her 2016 performance, including a cropped shirt, shorts, and sneakers.

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Allison Mosshart of The Kills performed in thigh-high leather boots in 2016.

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Lorde performed at the 2016 festival in a black bra top and wide-legged striped pants.

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Rocker Courtney Barnett took the stage in black jeans and a striped t-shirt in 2016.

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Grimes climbed atop a rafter in striped jeans and a black tee at the 2016 festival.

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Still covering her face, Sia performed in 2016 wearing a white shirtdress and matching bow.

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Rihanna surprised fans during Calvin Harris’ set, wearing a custom Marc Jacobs jacket.