Diana Ross

Diana Ross: The Quintessential Fashion Diva


Feb. 7 2024, Published 11:24 p.m. ET

Diana Ross is undoubtedly one of the most fashion-forward celebrities ever to grace the entertainment industry. The unique fashion sense of the first lady of Motown has stood the test of time.

There is no arguing against Diana Ross’s quality as a musician, judging from the fact that she has numerous hit solo singles and played a key role in one of the most accomplished girl groups ever.

However, fashion was always her first love. On top of working in a department store during her high school days, she also studied pattern making, millinery, and design. The “Endless Love” singer also worked as the makeup artist, costume designer, and seamstress of The Supremes during the early years.

From all this, it was clear to see that she was always destined to become a fashion icon.

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The Fashion Icon

Ross’s fashion style has always shone through since her Motown days. Even though the “I’m Coming Out” singer changed her wardrobe regularly, she was always able to stay true to her unique fashion identity – which was characterized by embellished gowns and extravagant wigs.

In addition to showing off her fashion sense in her musical projects, Ross also brought it when it came to the big screen. The “I’m Coming Out” hit singer loved to show off her fashion-forward nature in her movie roles. The singer/actress appeared in films like Lady Sings the Blues and Mahogany. In the latter, Ross received full credit for her wardrobe designs. In the movie, she played the role of a highly driven woman from Chicago who dreamed of becoming a world-renowned fashion designer.

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Iconic Fashion Moments

Ross once stated, “It takes a long time to get to be a diva.” She emphasized this point by adding, “I mean, you gotta work at it.” True to her word, the “Baby Love” singer has invested a lot of time and effort towards becoming the fashion icon she has always been. Here are examples of some of the iconic looks that the Queen of Motown has rocked over the years.

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1983 Diana Ross Live in Central Park

Sequins are a big part of Diana’s style. During her Central Park concert back in ’83, the star wore a pink colored sequined jumpsuit that perfectly showed off her curves and unique fashion sense.

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1996 Super Bowl Purple Powersuit

As the Pittsburg Steelers took on the Dallas Cowboys in Arizona’s Sun Devil Stadium, Ross was gearing up for a ground-shaking half-time performance. The “Love Hangover” singer turned up in a purple skin-tight body suit and mesmerizing gold cape – a golden girl for sure!

2012 TNT Christmas

The Motown diva loves to show off and set herself apart from the rest. This is exactly what she did when she showed up at this event in Washington, rocking a stylish black and white tulle dress.

54th Annual Grammy Awards

Diana received her Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Grammy Awards. To mark this momentous occasion, the fashion diva graced the red carpet in an elegant, eye-catching black suit.

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