Very few people have managed to have careers as long and successful as The Rolling Stones. And ever fewer have had the ability to transform, to recreate themselves once and again only to forever stay on top. The Stones have managed to make it not only in music matters, but also when it comes to their fashion looks and styles.
From the formal image at his beginnings, they have given us material to read every decade through their clothes and, even more, become icons and inspiration for the runway. This is a selection of their best fashion moments. Get satisfaction with these fashion changes by the Rolling Stones
At the begging of their history, the Stones used to wear these matching posh sets of tweed jackets and pants. Point shiny shoes, of course, complete an overall British look.
"The original aim of the Rolling Stones was to play blues. It wasn't even to play rock music", Mick Jagger confessed about the band´s origins in an interview in 1987.
"The Stones are a great group and I love them. I love what they do. But when I look at their history, they always did what the Beatles did, a year later". Paul McCartney, 2009
The band became popular in the States in 1964-65, as part of the so called British invasion that brought several bands to the New Continent and influenced music and style forever.
Brian Jones and Keith Richards photographed taking a walk together in a park in London, 1967. Both eccentric looks on time for the swinging sixties fashion of that city.
Sixties white hat and wavy hair for this young Brian Jones, founder of the band. One could say that the fashion style in the British capital back then was everything but boring.
Not Sir Elton John but Keith Richards in a dandy looking style for the sixties. Once the Stones left behind their suit wardrobe, they tried out a variety of ideas and changes to their styles.
Venus in fur
This is one of Mick´s most iconic looks, from 1965. The lead singer´s ambiguous and intriguing sexuality embodied the changes that part of the world was going through on that era.
Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Keith Richards properly dressed in this 1963 photo. They used to perform in very formal yet fashionable suit jackets, vests and ties.
It was all color, print, patterns and style in this mid sixties shot. However, the personal signature of the Stones leader stood out, even back at the beginning of the band.
The Rolling Stones begin to find their style as their fame grew. In this image, the performance for a televised show at ABC Theatre in England on October 1965 shows a relaxed and seductive Jagger singing to the camera.
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, the band´s 1968 movie was created by them but also included performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Eric Clapton, and wasn´t launched until three decades later.
This 1969 picture of a young Mick Jagger in Frances demonstrates that the singer and performer has never been shy when it came to fashion, daring to try color, pattern and texture combinations.
The white dress
Three days after the death of former member Brian Jones, The Rolling stones return to the stage to homage him in a free concert at London´s Hyde Park. It was 1969.
Another Mick Jagger look during that same concert in 69,this time he had changed the polemic white puffy dress from the picture above to this tight pink top studded belt.
"I know Keith and Mick really tried to put their troubles behind them. (…) But I don't know why, because if the personalities aren't working, should you actually spend that time trying to make them work?" Robert Plant, 1990.
In this 1969 image wearing his red embroidered jacket, Mick Jagger already is a star and plays the part of the eccentric yet magnetic frontman for the band, a role which he would keep for decades.
The Stones are a band definitely recognized by fans and colleagues on their own time: they entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Rolling Stones has gone through several member changes during all these decades, still the core of the band – who claim that are not friends- stays together now for more than 20 years.
The other Mick
"I'll say one thing for Mick: he has a private side. (…) I once told him he should do an album of them, but he said: 'I have to keep something for myself.' Kenneth Anger, film-maker, 1985.
Ron Wood, in beach printed shirt, spiky hair, necklaces and shades during the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas embodies the rock star persona in this 1975 picture taken behind the scenes.
The two of them
The duet Mick Jagger / Keith Richards has proven to be one of the longest most successful relationships in music history, co signing their songs and having found each one their own place on stage to shine.
The other Keith
This rare 1970s picture of Keith Richards could almost pass as a serious professor, with the exception of the giant star pin and the fact that he was already one of the world´s greatest rock stars.
"Mick Jagger is the perfect rock star. There's nobody more perfect than Jagger. He's rude, he's ugly-attractive, he's brilliant", once said Sir Elton John about his long lasting musical colleague.
In his own words
"We do what we want to do. We write songs. We try not to repeat ourselves too much. We have our own sound and our own way of doing things", Keith Richards, 1974.
On this decadent sexy shot in Vienna in 1974, Mick had already adopted the long hair look that would use during the rest of that decade. Needless to say it was early copied by fans everywhere.
The world as a stage
This picture belongs to The Rolling Stones on Tour in America in 1972. Sixty years after having started in the UK, the band still gives powerful concerts in stadiums around the world.
Their tours, which have taken them around the world more than a couple of times, were known to be wild, in particular during the late 1960s, when this photo was taken.
Richards holding a harp on this gorgeous colorful look for the band which works as a 1970s fashion statement, a style heavily influenced by drugs, counter culture and travel to foreign lands.
Keith Richards looks at his girlfriend at the time, Anita Pallenberg. The couple was fashion forward and most interested in style. By that time, the guitarist started to wear some rope around his neck.
The polemic t-shirt
The classic statement t-shirt, in this case worn by Keith Richards, was a joke that lasted more than 40 years, as its designs still is for sale at many places.
This time is Mick´s stylist Pierre Laroche who wears the polemic tee. The artist accompanied him during the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas in 1975 and created a whole look for him.
When it comes to the iconic fashion couple, Mick and Bianca Jagger, one does not know where to pay attention to first, as their unique ideas about clothing complements and stands out.
No public event found Mick out of the seventies rock star character he created. This picture could be the cliché for any rockstar, but the difference with Jagger is that he invented this thing.
The 80s arrive
The Rolling Stones walk through the 1980s fashion sense was as problematic for them as for anyone who now looks at their own pictures back then, but managed to find their own style once again.
This amazing picture of Keith Richards with eyes closed and a mushroom on his pants was taken by noted fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz, who made a magnificent career shooting celebrities.
Drugs in excess and alcohol were a constant in their lives, particularly on tour, which was plenty of time. About one of the tours, Jagger said they were "too stoned to move".
The band´s energetic and always different live performances are one of their trademarks and a strong reason that keep them up touring with high expectations from fans of all ages.
During a 1969 show, Jagger introduced a Chuck Berry song: "This next song is from when you were little children- This is from before you let your hair grow long".
Moves like Jagger
"Any of the black R&B people who had a stage show that involved dancing, music and words did the same thing, except that I thought Jagger's words were good, his music was good and his dancing was good". Allen Ginsberg, poet, 1984
Mick mastered the art to create a style out of pretty much any two pieces of clothes combined, such as the look shown on this picture. His on stage look are vividly remembered by fans and fashionistas even decades after.
"I've seen the Stones in concert several times (…). I think Mick Jagger is a magnificent performer, and about any performer there is something of the shaman." William Burroughs, novelist, 1986.
Probably among the best guitarists of all times, Keith Richards also has a very personal style when it comes to standing and playing on stage, a style that rarely competes but complements with the singer´s.
Mick Jagger is wearing a t-shirt with the tongue logo designed by Andy Warhol in this 1978 show photo. Even after having suffered some small alterations, the image remains as iconic as his creator and the band he made it for.
During the world tour for Voodoo Lounge Tour (this picture is at a New York City show in 1994) Mick had another t-shirt with his very own iconography, the cover for the album.
For the Stones the fame, millions, scandals, stadiums and songs have only grown with the passage of the decades. Here, a more contemporary Mick stills wears his logo t-shirt to perform.
Back to suits in this 1990's picture, but with a twist after so many years, as the elderly members of the group drive over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
The 1990s found a more grown up, still very personal and rocker self of the Stones wardrobe. Like Keith ´s jacket and Mick´s golden pashmina shown in this smiling picture of them all.
Just to point out a few of the dozens of records this legendary band has broken, Rolling Stone magazine ranked them as the fourth Greatest Artists of All Time. And they have sold above 250 million records.
A display of several of the different on stage looks Mick Jagger has worn through these decades, everyone is still recognizable and set a standard for fashion and music fans.