Alternative Apparel Craziest Concert Costumes08.02.09Alternative Apparel Craziest Concert CostumesFrom Beyoncé’s fake-nipple bodysuit to Lady Gaga’s bubble gown, Jean Trinh rounds up the wildest costumes.08.02.09 7:27 PM ETRex Features, via AP;Jason DeCrow/AP;Jim Dyson/Getty Images The indie-electronic duo Empire of the Sun—whose sophomore album, Ice on the Dune, is out this week—is known for its bizarre get-ups, including one mysteriously dubbed “empyrean geisha leader.” See more bat-shit-crazy concert wear, from Beyoncé’s fake-nipple bodysuit to Lady Gaga’s bubble gown. Brian Sweeney / Getty Images; Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press / AP PhotoLady GagaLady Gaga took Madonna’s Blond Ambition–era cone bra a fiery step further in 2009 with twin pyrotechnics at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. Kevin Mazur, WireImage / Getty ImagesMadonnaThe Material One channeled a glamorous football player at a concert in London in 2004. Derek Storm / Retna Ltd. (3)Grace JonesThe many faces of Grace Jones: the ageless singer sported patent leather, a white headdress, and body-baring body paint in three costumes while performing at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom in 2009. Kevin Mazur / Getty ImagesBritney SpearsBritney Spears dressed in a nipple-enhancing sparkle suit on the opening night of her Circus Starring Britney Spears tour in 2009. Scott Weiner / Retna Ltd. Missy ElliottTaking affordable fashion to new heights, Missy Elliott appeared to be wearing an enormous trash bag while performing at Lilith Fair in 1998. Richard Drew / AP PhotoKaty PerryThe “I Kissed a Girl” singer took to the stage adorned with dice, as Today show host Matt Lauer hammed it up behind her. Gary Null, NBCU Photo Bank / AP PhotoElvisWith each passing year, Elvis’s concert wear got glitzier. Here in 1973, the King wore the white caped suit that would inspire legions of impersonators. Michael Malfer / Retna Ltd.PinkPink donned a confusing mix of fashions—a colorful vest, red sparkly spandex, and is that a thong leotard?—on her Funhouse Tour in 2009 in Munich. Frank Micelotta / Getty ImagesOutkastAndre 3000, one half of Outkast, flew his freak flag high at the 2004 Grammy Awards. Curtis Hilbun / AP Photo; Jo Hale / Getty ImagesCherThe queen of outrageous concert costumes had plenty of opportunities to showcase her eclectic style during her three-year farewell tour. At left, she tried out a snow-maiden look in February 2005 at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, Louisiana. At right, she dared to bare for an aquatic look in London in May 2004. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images David BowieZiggy Stardust was still a few years away when Bowie made the transition to this androgynous glam-rock look, circa 1970. Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press / AP PhotoJanet JacksonMiss Jackson paid tribute to decades past—“Scream,” 1995, anyone?—with an over-the-top retro look on the opening night of her 2008 Rock Witchu Tour. Kevin Mazur, WireImage / Getty ImagesTina TurnerFlanked by a Thunderdome gladiator and wearing a blonde wig and shiny warrior-princess garb, Tina Turner belted one out at her 50th-anniversary tour last December at Madison Square Garden. Sean Thompson/APYeah Yeah YeahsKaren O leads the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on stage as a punk-rock goddess, spitting water up in the air and trying out eccentric get-ups designed by Christian Joy. During the band’s It’s Blitz! album tour, she donned a reworked Native American costume with a kaleidoscope of colors. Mark Davis/APNicki MinajThe “Freaks” singer is no stranger to freaky outfits on stage. At an event for the troops in San Diego, Nicki Minaj wore a fluffy white wig with her multicolor dress. GettyLady GagaSome outfits define a generation, especially Lady Gaga’s famous meat dress from the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and this sheer bubble number during her Fame Ball Tour in 2009. “The bubble installation was inspired by a dress Hussein Chalayan made a few years ago,” Lady Gaga told MTV. “I couldn’t get the dress, because it’s, like, half-a-million dollars in a museum somewhere, but I remade it, and I built a piano somewhere inspired by it.” Robyn Beck/AFP/GettyKaty PerryIs that the Chiquita Banana girl? We did a double take with Katy Perry’s bedazzled fruit-filled outfit during her performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards. The costume was created by sought-after high-fashion designers the Blonds, who have worked with other big-name acts, including Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. Jason DeCrow/AP,Jason DeCrowKanye WestYeezus, check out this outfit! The rapper is no stranger to making big, bold moves, and at a 2010 Jay-Z concert in New York, the rapper had us seeing red with his head-to-toe crimson suit and an oversize pharaoh emblem necklace. Cory Struller/APElton JohnThe Rocket Man could be shot into space with this eccentric gear. Elton John donned a pink cotton-candy mohawk wig and a star-embossed suit for his 1986 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Other notable costumes he’s worn include a bee, Uncle Sam, and Donald Duck.