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The Best of Babs: The Original Red Carpet and Front Row Risk-Taker


Before Rihanna, there was Barbra Streisand—the original red carpet risk-taker who wore a see-through sequin two-piece to the 1969 Oscars, where she tied with Katharine Hepburn for her role in Funny Girl. She was also the original front row fixture at fashion week, wearing a leopard suit to Chanel’s 1966 show. And then there were the accessories: Streisand has been wearing chokers for decades before their death knell sounded, along with a spread of bow-ties, fur, capes, and an array of headpieces that made her the center of attention wherever she went. Mixed in there, too, have been the singer’s fair share of menswear-inspired suits—including a Giorgio Armani tie-studded edition on the cover of W‘s December 2016 issue, which found Streisand, just months before her 75th birthday, sans pants. (“I had no idea that when the lights hit that outfit, it would become transparent!” Streisand recalled to Lynn Hirschberg of her sheer 1969 Oscars appearance, along with more about the red gown she wore for her 1977 win, which turns out to have been of her own design.) Here, a tribute to the one-and-only Babs and her best on and off-duty looks.

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The 1969 Academy Awards
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Streisand attends the 1969 Academy Awards ceremony in a see-through, sequined two-piece suit. She tied for Best Actress with Katharine Hepburn for her role in “Funny Girl.”

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Front row at Chanel, 1966
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Streisand attends a Chanel fashion show in Paris with photographer Richard Avedon, wearing a leopard skin suit in 1966.

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1966
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Streisand wears white knee-high lace-up boots in 1966.

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1965
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Streisand in a three-piece suit, stands in front of a folding screen with her hands on her hips in 1965.

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Sammy Davis Jr. and Barbra Streisand at the 1968 Academy Awards
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American singer and actor Sammy Davis Jr. stands with presenter Barbra Streisand, who wore a sequined gown and choker at the 1968 Academy Awards ceremony.

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1963
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Streisand drinking coffee at a New York restaurant wearing a newsboy cap in 1963.

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1976
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Streisand wearing a tuxedo and bowtie at the after party for the 1976 New York premiere of “A Star Is Born,” which took place at Tavern on the Green.

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John Wayne and Streisand at 1970 Academy Awards
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Actor John Wayne and Streisand at the 42nd Annual Academy Awards in 1970.

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1970
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Streisand wearing a matching polka-dot dress and headscarf at her townhouse in New York City in 1970.

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Streisand and Jon Peters in 1975
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Streisand walks with her boyfriend, Jon Peters, in London Airport before the premiere of “Funny Lady” in 1975 wearing an ensemble that was emblematic of the decade.

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Streisand and Elliott Gould in 1968
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Streisand arriving with her husband, actor Elliott Gould, at a party for the film, “Bullitt” in 1968. Streisand wears large sunglasses, and Gould wears a dapper trench.

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1966
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Streisand looking easy and breezy in 1966.

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At the premiere of “Hello, Dolly!” in 1969
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Streisand attends the premiere and after party for “Hello, Dolly!” in 1969 look like the queen of New York in all-white and fur.

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1969
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Streisand dressed in white with a mink fur hat and trimmings in December 1969.

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A pro-Israel rally in 1967
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Streisand stands out at a pro-Israel rally at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, to raise emergency funds for Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967.

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1965
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Streisand wearing a fuchsia pink silk dress with a scoop neckline and a matching bow around the waist, circa 1965.

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1992 U.S. Open Tennis Championship
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Streisand attends the 1992 U.S. Open Tennis Championship with Michael Bolton wearing a white bucket hat and round sunglasses.

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1991
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Streisand at “The Prince of Tides” Los Angeles Premiere in 1991 wearing a white lace busier underneath a white suit jacket.

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Circa 1965
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Streisand wearing a red-and-white wool dress and cardigan, circa 1965.

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Circa 1990
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Streisand wears a velvet cape and turban in the 90s.

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2000 Golden Globe Awards
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Streisand attends the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards wearing a shimmering sweater dress in 2000.

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2004 Emmy Awards
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James Brolin and Streisand attend the 56th Annual Emmy Awards in 2004, where she wore yet another velvet cape — this time in pink.

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2003
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Streisand showed some leg at the premiere of “A Guy Thing” in 2003.

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2013
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Streisand wears her now-signature suit and bowtie to the 23rd annual Glamour Women Of The Year gala in 2013.

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Streisand is all sparkles in head-to-toe blue at the American Society Of Cinematographers 29th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards in February, 2015.

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Streisand heads to the Renaissance fair, aka LACMA’s 50th Anniversary Gala, in yet another choker and a loose head of curls in April, 2015.

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Streisand puts on a choker and and matching green gown for the 42nd Chaplin Award Gala in New York in April, 2015.

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Streisand crimps her hair and throws on a tasseled necklace to be honored at the Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles in December, 2015.

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Streisand channels the ’90s in ruffled cuffs and another choker at a town hall with SiriusXM and the cast of School Of Rock in New York in August, 2016.

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Before spreading out her flowing gown onstage at the opening night of her 2016 tour, “Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic!*, Streisand shows off her beads backstage in Los Angeles in August, 2016.