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Liberace’s Wild Style Through The Years (Photos)

From glittering pink capes to American-flag hot pants, see the icon’s most flamboyant fashion.

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Corbis; Michael Ochs Archives/Getty; AP

Praised for his flamboyant style and appropriately nicknamed “The Glitter Man,” Liberace seemingly paved way for extravagant fashion. “My clothes may look funny, but they’re making me the money,” he once wisely said. With the release of the new HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra (featuring Michael Douglas as Liberace) the legacy of his talent as crazy costuming is brought back to life. Here, see highlights of Liberace’s style through the years.


The Original Color Blocker

In a Technicolored and playful glittering power suit, Liberace poses next to his piano in 1969.


Channeling Count Dracula

In 1987, Liberace takes a bite from vampire style in a sequined navy-and-silver cape with a fur collar and detailing. He accessories with oversized bling and his signature prop, the candelabra.

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All That Glitters

A reminder that all that glitters is not gold, Liberace stole the stage of Tivoli Concert Hall in Denmark in a white jumpsuit and waves of shimmering fabric.

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Talk about layers on layers on layers: Liberace showed off a combination of his three staples: a bow-tie, fur, and loads of crazy rings in 1977.

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Piano Man

Posing in 1974 with the queen of crazy costumes, Liberace gives Cher a run for her money in a full sequined suit with a piano collar as he gives her a tour of his Hollywood Hills home.

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Again at Tivoli Concert Hall in Denmark, Liberace shines bright like a diamond with a flowing white fur coat with a mile-long train.


Just a Touch of Pink

Liberace grabs fashion cues from under the sea in a pastel, printed ensemble with a collar that resembles pieces of coral.

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Gold Rush

Viva Las Vegas! Liberace looks like Elvis in a gold-embellished white top and bottom on stage. The outfit was given a little flair by lace around the wrist.

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A Little Added Fringe

On the Tom Jones Variety Special in 1971, Liberace rocked out in boots and a crazy vest.

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Don't Tell the Pope

Revisiting American Gothic, Liberace channeled his darker side, in a black, monastic gown as he performed in 1975.

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Lazy Loungewear

During his 1978 TV special Leapin' Lizards, It's Liberace, Liberace shared the stage with the likes of Vince Cardill and Debbie Reynolds. He's pictured wearing a gold-printed house robe and red slippers.


God Bless America

Who wears short shorts? Pictured in May 1971, Liberace wears a custom American flag get-up composed of tight and tiny hot pants and knee-high socks.


Pour Out a Little Louis

Versailles-ready, Liberace takes fashion cues from Louis XIV, wearing a pink-and-white silk ensemble (obviously encrusted with jewels) onstage in 1973.


A Casual Night at Home

Forget PJs and a Snuggie! Akin to his version of loungewear, Liberace relaxed at home in 1978 in a completely silver-sequined suit.


All That Jazz

Liberace was recognized for his lavishness and admiration for luxury, starting a trend of costuming later adopted by Elton John and Lady Gaga. Here, in 1971, he shows off a matador-inspired look.