AceShowbiz - Elton John reckons his fans would describe his past stage costumes as "ridiculous".
The singer has sported an array of flamboyant outfits over the course of his 50-year career, and he used to have a particular penchant for pieces abundant in bright colours, feathers and sequins, usually accessorised with bold head pieces and extravagant eyewear.
Looking back, Elton admits that his clothes may have been mocked by critics - but he doesn't care one bit.
"In some of the costumes I wore, I probably did make a fool of myself," he reminisced in an interview with British Vogue. "Not to me, but other people thought, 'That looks ridiculous.' It's what your idea of ridiculous is."
The music legend also emphasised that his creations had nothing to do with breaking gender norms, as opposed to other popular artists of the time.
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"I never wore any make-up. I wasn't glam rock. I wasn't David Bowie," the 71-year-old insisted. "I was me being a blokey guy wearing these clothes. I had to have humour in my costume."
Elton will be embarking on his three-year "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour from September, and has tapped Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele to style him in a host of memorable costumes, as he is "obsessed with him," as well as his clothes.
"For me, the only person that was like that in my life before was Gianni (Versace), and when Gianni died, a part of me died," the Candle in the Wind hitmaker shared. "He saw everything, he loved everything, he channelled everything. Nothing was off limits with him. Alessandro is the first thing that's happened in my life since Gianni died that I can really identify with.
"I've always been fearless, and that's why I love Alessandro. He doesn't give a f**k what people think."
And the feeling is clearly mutual, as Elton served as inspiration for Gucci's spring/summer 2018 collection.