Fashion Flashback: Mariah Carey

The next instalment of Fashion Flashback is suitably festive; the decorations are up, the mistletoe is hung and Mariah, Queen of Christmas is in her prime – we look back at some of Mariah Carey ‘s most iconic fashion moments.

In BCC (Before Carey’s Christmas), Mariah won best new artist and female pop vocal performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards in 1991. It is here that she established her signature look – crazy curls and short, bodycon dresses (with a bit of sparkle as always).

Mariah Carey did Clueless before Clueless (literally – Clueless was ’95, and this was a year before). She looks too cute in her plaid school skirt and black cardigan at the 1994 Autumn Calvin Klein Fashion show in New York.

All I Want For Christmas Is You video featured several bright red looks from Carey in a series of home videos of the holidays. She wore a short christmas dress fit for Mrs Claus and an all-in-one ski suit for playing in the snow.

We’ve seen Mariah in many of her trademark glittery dresses throughout her career. Here she is on stage in 1997 in another sparkling number.

Risqué is not in Mariah Carey’s vocabulary. At the 1997 MTV Awards, the pop diva sported a thigh-high slit skirt and co-ordinating black crop-top.

Is the cast of your broken arm clashing with your outfit? Take some advice from the Queen herself and throw a bedazzled sling on it. But make sure it matches your gorgeous floor length, baby-blue gown. This is how the icon became iconic.

Déjà vu? No – this is just the 25-year anniversary of All I Want for Christmas is You, and the diva looked better than ever before. Carey released another music video wearing the same skin-tight Santa bodysuit she wore a quarter of a century before.

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Mariah took over The Late Late Show this week performing some of her timeless Christmas songs. She looked incredible in a sparkly red cowl neck gown by Philipp Plein.

Which of Mariah’s outfits is your favourite? Let us know in the comment section.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from the Backstage Tales team!

Text: Sylvie Marilyn Keen

Photos:, People, Billboard, Refinery29, Vogue, WMagazine, The Sun

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