12-12-12 Concert

Kanye West, Jared Leto & More Men in Skirts (Photos)

Kanye West’s leather skirt stole the show at the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert. See more men in skirts.

Madison Square Garden played host to legends at the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert: The Who, the Rolling Stones, a reunited Nirvana (plus Paul McCartney), Bruce Springsteen, and more took the stage to raise hurricane relief donations. But the real star of the night was the pleated leather skirt that took the stage along with Kanye West. From Kurt Cobain’s skirts and ball gowns to Marc Jacobs’s perennial look, see more men who aren’t afraid to give themselves a little extra room between the legs.

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Kanye West

Yeezy took the stage last night looking ready for a game of hardcore tennis in a black sweatshirt and pleated leather skirt. Though West has worn skirts on numerous occasions (like the one pictured here), last night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert marked its TV debut—and it was an instant Twitter sensation. A @KanyesSkirt account cropped up within hours, offering musings such as, “It seems I’m more popular than @kanyewest’s actual performance. Maybe I should think of going solo.” West’s girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, was a huge fan though. “Awwwwwwww I'm so excited right now!!!!! He looks so cute!" she tweeted.


Kurt Cobain

Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain wasn’t there to perform with his band at the 12-12-12 concert, so he never saw Kanye’s skirt. But given the grunge god’s own track record, he would probably approve. Cobain famously wore a giant yellow ball gown during Nirvana’s 1991 appearance on Headbanger’s Ball, and wore a blue button-up dress to his cover photo shoot for The Face. In this shot from Mademoiselle magazine, Cobain and bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic all gleefully donned bright, patterned skirts.

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Marc Jacobs

By now, Marc Jacobs in skirts, kilts and dresses is such a common sight that few would even bat an eyelash if the designer wore nothing but lace and white boxers (which he did, at the Met Ball this year). “I like wearing skirts. I like wearing kilts,” the designer has said. I started like a few years ago. I moved from kilts into pencil skirts. I wear now mostly Prada pencil skirts. I like to do the things that make me feel good, and that make me feel happy, that don't hurt other people.”

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Prince Philip

Prince Philip is 91 years old and allowed to do what he likes at this point. But it still caused quite a stir when, in September, Philip took a page out of Prince Harry’s book and flashed his crown jewels from under his kilt while with the Queen and Prince Charles at the Highland Gathering in Braemer, Scotland.

David Bowie

Before glam rock king David Bowie went full-on androgynous in the late seventies, he wore a Mr. Fish “man’s dress” for the UK cover of his 1970 album, The Man Who Sold the World.

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Mick Jagger

A Mr. Fish design also made its way onto Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger during the Stones’ free performance at London’s Hyde Park in 1969.

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Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson channeled his inner Scotsman at the London premiere of The 51st State in 2005 in a purple and green plaid kilt.