Throughout time the headdress has been an essential adornment in expressing one’s place in society, from religious to political ceremonies, as well as social rites of passage. Today, however, the sartorial function of the headdress has become more diluted, with the elaborate adornment now adopted by musicians to add drama and flair to their sovereignty on stage.

From Cher’s legendary performance of Half Breed on The Sonny & Cher Show in a fully feathered native headdress to Lady Gaga‘s revolving wardrobe of opulently obstructive headpieces, the headdress no doubt commands our attention and reverence. Here we reflect on those performances by musical women whom have entranced us with their glorious customized adornments.