Lost Legend: Remembering Whitney Houston’s Style

Whitney Houston circa 1985 cropped

This past weekend, the world lost a truly unique singer. Over the years, Whitney Houston's fashion sense reflected the trends of the times, from the over-the-top fashions of the 80s to the sleeker styles of the new millennium. Here’s a fond look back at Whitney’s style.


Whitney Houston American Music Awards Los Angeles 1986Whitney Houston The Moment of Truth Tour London May 1988

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Whitney became a mega-star in this decade after releasing her first album back in 1985. She attended the American Music Awards in Los Angeles the following year in a black one-shoulder gown with a touch of that infamous 80s excess in the form of an oversized blue ribbon shoulder accent. Her stage outfits for The Moment of Truth World Tour favored shoulder pads, sequins, and big prints. When she took the show over to London’s Wembley Arena in May 1988, she sported an embellished all-grey skirt suit with coordinating boots.

Whitney Houston polka dot dress during The Moment of Truth Tour London May 1988Whitney Houston 1989 BPI Awards London Feb 1989

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She also rocked a leather jacket and polka dot print while onstage in London. At the 1989 BPI Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London in February of that year, Whitney worked this head-to-toe white fringe ensemble.


Whitney Houston Grammy Awards Los Angeles 1994Whitney Houston Fairy Godmother Cinderella Nov 1997

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In this decade, Whitney not only continued to show off her pipes as a singer, but she also ventured into the realm of acting. When she performed what would become one of her signature tunes, “I Will Always Love You,” from her film, The Bodyguard at the 1994 Grammys, she shined in a sequin long sleeve, form-fitting white gown. Whitney even took on the role of the Fairy Godmother alongside Brandy’s Cinderella in the Disney TV movie in November 1997. Her ornate costumes might have been a part of the script, but there seemed to be an element of Whitney’s commanding style woven into each piece.


Whitney Houston World Music Awards Sept 2004Whitney Houston The Mercedes-Benz 17th Carousel of Hope gala Beverly Hills Oct 2006

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Although she experienced many personal struggles, Whitney’s talent and style continued to be on display in the new millennium. Her golden halter dress complete with matching arm band had the singer looking in top form at the World Music Awards in September 2004. She and her mentor, Clive Davis walked the red carpet together for the Mercedes-Benz 17th Carousel of Hope Gala in Beverly Hills in October 2006. Her structured black gown included coordinating shoulder and skirt details.

Whitney Houston 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards Feb 2009Whitney Houston 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala Los Angeles Feb 2011

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The ombre strapless Zuhair Murad gown Whitney donned for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in February 2009 had a floral sequin detail and side slit. She was back in black for the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala last February. She let her sequin high-neck number be the center of attention by adding in an understated pair of black heels.